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CAIR-Pittsburgh Condemns Racist Verbal Attack on Second Lady Gisele Barreto Fetterman

(PITTSBURGH, PA, 10/12/2020) –  The Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Pittsburgh), a chapter of the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today condemned a racist verbal attack on second lady Gisele Barreto Fetterman yesterday at a local grocery store in Braddock. 

CAIR-Pittsburgh said the attack occurred Sunday while Gisele Barreto Fetterman stood in line at a grocery store close to her residence. A woman apparently recognized her as the wife of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, D, and allegedly began yelling racist slurs and insults. 

“She said, ‘There’s that n-word that Fetterman married. You don’t belong here. No one wants you here. You don’t belong here,'” Fetterman, who was born in Brazil, said in an interview with The Washington Post. 

Fetterman managed to take video the woman verbally attacking her again outside in the parking lot. Fetterman posted the video of the attack on Twitter Sunday night, sharing a description of what happened. 

SEE: Pennsylvania’s second lady films a woman’s racist attack against her at the grocery store


In a statement, CAIR-Pittsburgh Executive Director Christine Mohamed said:      

“This disturbing incident demonstrates un-American behavior and is totally unacceptable in an inclusive society. The level of division and hatred spreading across this nation like wildfire is fueled by the hate rhetoric and policies of those at the highest level of our society. No one should have to endure such hatred and intimidation. It is more important than ever to stand up to bigotry whenever and wherever we see it.” 

She noted that the American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.          

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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.                 

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


CONTACT: CAIR Pittsburgh Executive Director Christine Mohamed, 412-606-3601, 

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