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CAIR Welcomes Firing of Arkansas TV News Director After Racist Incidents  

(WASHINGTON D.C., 9/24/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the firing of a news director at a Little Rock, Ark., ABC affiliate station after several racist incidents.  

The firing came after an anchor and a meteorologist at KATV appeared on the air wearing what appeared to be afro wigs in a gag the station said was supposed to “invoke an era of the 70’s” last Thursday. Last weekend, a regional manager for KATV’s parent company Sinclair Broadcasting issued an apology and said he was disappointed because the incident followed a six-week racial sensitivity training session.  

In a tweet, National Association of Black Journalists president Dorothy Tucker showed a photo of a Mammy doll that greeted a new Black anchor at KATV. She added that “fake porno pics” of Little Rock’s Black mayor were found on the @WeAreSinclair Slack channel. A Sinclair Broadcasting regional manager said staff would face “significant” disciplinary action. 

SEE: News Director at Sinclair’s Little Rock Station Fired After Racist Incidents

https://www.adweek.com/tvspy/nd-at-sinclairs-little-rock-station-fired-after-racist-incidents/235146/

“These incidents demonstrate a culture of anti-Black racism at the station requiring appropriate action,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison. “We welcome the firing and hope it sends a message to the larger community that bigotry will not be tolerated or excused.” 

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

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Washington National Cathedral’s Replacement of Confederate-Themed Stained Glass with Works Dedicated to Racial Justice  

CAIR-Kentucky Condemns Racist, Anti-Semitic Flyers Distributed in Paducah   

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com    

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