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CAIR OP-ED: What If Our Legal System Gave Muslims and People of Color the Same Breaks Kyle Rittenhouse Received?

If our justice system treated individuals like Imam Jamil al-Amin, Aafia Siddiqui, and Omar Ameen the way it treated Kyle Rittenhouse, the outcomes of their trials may have been radically different. 

Now, let’s be clear: white defendants like Rittenhouse are often granted unfair breaks not sanctioned by the law. No one should receive those. But some of the breaks Rittenhouse received–such as protecting him from a 5th Amendment violation–were reasonable and everyone should receive them.

If Black and Muslim defendants were similarly afforded all of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, if they were tried on the basis of solid evidence and not prejudicial conjecture, if they were presumed innocent at the outset of trial, our justice system might be worth the name.

Ismail Allison is national communications coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. He may be contacted at 



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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,    

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