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CAIR-NY Condemns Racist Taunts by White Students Targeting Black Athletes, Calls on Rockland County to Take Action

(NEW YORK, NY, 5/20/2022)—The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned racist verbal abuse by white Pearl River High School students targeting at Black Nyack High School athletes during a track meet between the two schools. 

One Pearl River student allegedly shouted “n***er” at a Black student athlete during the event. 

SEE: 2nd racist incident at sports event between Nyack, Pearl River sparks outrage  

Pearl River students accused of making racist taunts again 

This is apparently the second time that a Pearl River Student has directed racist taunts at Black student athletes. 

SEE: Racist incident at Rockland high school basketball game sparks outrage 

CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher said in a statement: 

“Racism has no place in our schools and students of color are entitled to a safe and hostile-free school environment. We condemn the racist taunts that Black student athletes continue to face in Rockland County. The county has an obligation to take corrective steps to prevent this ongoing hostility. Rockland County needs to work with local Black leadership to ensure a safe learning and athletic environment for students of color.” 

She said CAIR and the American Muslim community stand in solidarity with all those challenging antisemitism, anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and white supremacy.   

CAIR-NY’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR-NY es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 

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CONTACT: Afaf Nasher, Esq., CAIR-NY Executive Director, CAIR-NY, 917-669-4006,; Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY Legal Director, 646-481-2103,