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CAIR-NY Denounces White Supremacist Stickers Posted in New Rochelle Neighborhood, Decries Racist Statements Targeting Congresswoman Grace Meng

(NEW YORK, N.Y. 9/29/2020) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the covering of Black Lives Matter (BLM) signs with stickers containing white supremacist messages all over New Rochelle, Westchester County.   

According to NBC New York, BLM signs have been disappearing or have been covered by white supremacist stickers causing some citizens to abstain from their daily routines out of apprehension for their family’s safety. One example of the posted stickers read “White children are already a minority. Take back our future.” Stickers can be found on traffic signs, mailboxes, and tennis courts, among other publicly visible locations. 

WATCH: NBC New York’s Report on Sign Backlash 

CAIR-NY also decried the hateful messages sent to Congresswoman Grace Meng after a resolution in the House was passed to denounce anti-Asian bigotry. On Friday, September 25th, Representative Meng stated that just after her resolution against ant-Asian sentiment passed, she began receiving insulting voicemails ranging from ignorant comments to enraged threats. Messages also repeated racist remarks used by President Trump to blame Asian Americans for Covid-19, such as terms like “KungFlu.” 

SEE: AMNY’s Report and Congresswoman Grace Meng’s Tweet Racist Voicemails 

In a statement, CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher said:  

“The racist vitriol that targets one community often targets many communities. Whether it’s a quiet Westchester neighborhood or the halls of Congress, white supremist ideology and anti-Black racism in general threatens those who dare show support toward Black and Asian American lives. However, targeted communities and their allies will not cease to band together in a protective and firm stand against hatred. Evil cannot, and will not, win.” 

CAIR-NY regularly affirms its unwavering stance against racism targeting diverse marginalized communities.  

SEE: https://www.cair-ny.org/news/2020/6/11/cair-ny-condemns-hate-crime-targeting-hispanic-woman-on-i-84-calls-on-brewster-community-to-contact-police-with-info 

SEE: https://www.cair-ny.org/news/2020/6/1/cair-ny-condemns-racist-incident-and-911-call-in-central-park 

SEE: https://www.cair-ny.org/news/2020/6/9/cair-ny-condemns-racist-graffiti-targeting-asian-american-restaurant 

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: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, Esq., 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com; CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed, 646-481-2103, ahmedmohamed@cair.com

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