(WASHINGTON D.C., 10/20/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today supported the Pittsylvania, Va., County Board of Supervisors’ censuring of a member who sent racist texts about a fellow supervisor.
At a meeting Tuesday night, the Pittsylvania Board of Supervisors voted 5-2 to censure a member who sent texts about another member that were “perceived to be racist to people of color” as well as “discriminatory to persons with medical issues.” In the texts, the board member mocked the appearance of a Black colleague, whom he compared to Ray Charles for wearing dark shades after a medical procedure.
SEE: Supervisor censured by Pittsylvania County Board for ‘racist,’ ‘discriminatory’ texts
“The messages sent by the board member are insulting to people of color and totally unacceptable for a person in a position of authority to make,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison. “We support the board’s censure and urge community leaders nationwide to work to challenge bigotry and racism.”
Allison said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and other forms of bigotry.
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