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CAIR Supports Miss. Student Walk Out to Protest ‘White Power’ Shout, Welcomes Hate Crime Charges for Beating of ‘Middle Eastern’ Man in Nebraska

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/27/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today supported the walk out held by students to protest racially-charged language at a school event at Oak Grove High School in Oak Grove, Miss.  

Dozens of Oak Grove High School students walked out of class to protest the incident during the senior run on the first day of school at which someone in the crowd yelled “white power” as students crossed the football field. Protesters said they believed the school administration was not doing enough to address the incident and underlying racial issues.  

SEE: Racist Outburst Prompts Oak Grove Walk Out

CAIR also welcomed hate crime charges for a woman who allegedly instigated physical confrontation against a man of Middle Eastern descent in Lincoln, Neb.   

The woman was charged over a confrontation with the victim during which she reportedly told him he wasn’t allowed in the area because he was “not a white American.” The woman came back to him with several men who beat him, resulting in the victim being hospitalized with significant injuries.  

SEE: Woman Accused of Hate Crime in Connection to Lincoln Man’s Beating

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director said:     

“These types of incidents show the danger racism and white supremacy pose to our nation and highlight the need for all those who oppose a descent into an endless cycle of hate to speak out.”    

Washington, D.C.-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292,  

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