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CAIR Seeks Disciplinary Action for Racist Email Sent to Muslim Civil Rights Group by New Hampshire Lawmaker

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/6/2021) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on leaders of the New Hampshire legislature to consider disciplinary action against a member over a racist email sent to that group.

That bigoted message was sent in response to a CAIR email yesterday by that organization’s Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw urging the New Hampshire legislature to drop HB 544, which is modeled after former president Donald Trump’s controversial executive order forbidding anti-racism training.

SEE: CAIR Urges New Hampshire Legislature to Drop Bill Modeled on Trump’s Executive Order Banning Anti-Racism Training

In an email to McCaw, New Hampshire state Representative Raymond Howard, Jr. (R) wrote: “Bob, if they don’t like being an American they can go home!”

Read the Email Exchange:

“It is unacceptable that an individual elected to represent a diverse state would express such racist and xenophobic views in such a casual manner,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We urge leaders of the New Hampshire House of Representatives to take appropriate disciplinary action and to speak out against Representative Howard’s bigoted views.”

Awad added that Rep. Howard’s email is itself a clear demonstration of why anti-racism training is needed.

He noted that the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.  

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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.  

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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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