(SACRAMENTO, CA, 7/3/21) – The Sacramento Valley/Central California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV/CC) today condemned the reported use of a racist epithet by a Sacramento County Unified School District teacher and called for accountability.
Katherine Sanders, a Spanish teacher at Kit Carson International Academy, apparently said: “I know the f-word is something we hear constantly. It used to be a nasty ugly word and now it’s like the word (n-word) which everybody says or (n-word.) Which used to be a horrible ugly word as well and it’s not anymore somehow.”
Sanders’ words were caught on a recording.
The district is investigating the incident, which is reportedly not the first time the teacher used this type of language.
In a statement, CAIR-SV/CC Deputy Director Sukaina Hussain said:
“We condemn the teacher’s use of this racist word and applauds those who recorded the incident. It is very disturbing to hear the use of this word being seemingly condoned in a classroom setting. Racist language has no place anywhere – but particularly not in a learning environment. We hope to see this teacher face full accountability for her actions.”
Hussain urged community members to report any bias incidents to law enforcement and to contact CAIR-SV/CC’s Civil Rights Department at 916-441-6269 or by filing a report at bit.ly/cairsvcccivilrights.
CAIR-SV/CC is an office of CAIR, 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.