(BALTIMORE, MD, 10/30/18) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today joined Indivisible Anne Arundel County and the Caucus of African American Leaders in denouncing a racist message discovered at Chesapeake High School last Friday afternoon.
According to a letter sent to families by the school, the message read “Kill All Blacks” on a sign-in sheet for counseling appointments. A fourth word was scrawled out.
Chesapeake High School Principal Stephen Gorski called the threat “unacceptable,” writing to parents:
“I [want] to assure you that we will do everything we can to help ensure that every student feels safe while at Chesapeake High School.”
“Every child has the right to feel safe and welcomed in school regardless of protected status, including race,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “We strongly condemn this threat and call on school officials to enforce stricter disciplinary measures and policies to ensure that this kind of behavior is not tolerated. This threat is only the latest in a long pattern of disturbing, bias-motivated incidents in Maryland public schools.”
“We send our children to public schools to be educated not intimidated,” said Carl Snowden, Chairman of the Caucus of African American Leaders. “All students should be in a school environment free of racism, sexism and bullying. Our children’s safety is not negotiable.”
“Enough is enough,” said Yasmin Jamison of Indivisible Anne Arundel County. “We must take a stand together as a community against hate. We owe it to our children.”
In recent months, CAIR has condemned a disturbing pattern of racist, anti-Black incidents at this and other public schools in Anne Arundel County and around the state, including:
- an AP class essay written by a student suggesting extermination of the Black race
- a racist petition circulated by “Kool Kids Klan” – a thinly veiled reference to the KKK
- swastikas and racial slurs discovered on school property
- nooses hung on school property
CAIR’s 2018 Civil Rights Report, ”˜Targeted’, the organization recorded a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against Muslim Americans from 2016-17, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the same time period.
The organization has welcomed Maryland lawmakers’ efforts to strengthen hate crime laws in the state.
Students, parents and educators are encouraged to familiarize themselves on their rights in institutions of learning, and to contact authorities and civil rights organization if they feel that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062