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CAIR Welcomes Firing of Wyo. Sheriff for Reported Racist Harassment, Supports Efforts to Remove S.C. Confederate Monument 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 1/26/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the firing of a Wyoming sheriff’s deputy over reported racist harassment targeting a Black co-worker.   

CAIR also expressed support for efforts to remove a Confederate monument in Orangeburg Co., S.C. 

An Albany County, Wyo., sheriff’s deputy was fired reportedly due to harassing a Black co-worker for years until he quit the department. In one incident, the deputy reportedly drove past his co-worker’s house and shouted the n-word at him as he was leaving with his wife and children. The co-worker has filed a lawsuit against the deputy. 

SEE: Wyoming’s First Black Sheriff Fires a White Deputy for Years of Alleged Racism

The Orangeburg, S.C., city council wrote a letter in support of South Carolina General Assembly Bill 990, which would remove a monument to Confederate soldiers from its current public location to a Confederate cemetery. The bill was passed by the South Carolina Senate and is now in a house committee.  

SEE: Confederate statue could be moved from Orangeburg Memorial Plaza

“We welcome and support all efforts to expunge racism and white supremacy from all of our nation’s institutions and remove symbols of hate from places of prominence,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison

He said 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.   

SEE: CAIR Condemns Anti-BLM, Anti-CRT Harassment Targeting Colorado Elementary School 

CAIR’s Maryland Office, Community Partners to Demand Probe of Lack of Support for Afghan Evacuees Housed in Baltimore 

CAIR Condemns Racist Incident on Utah School Bus, Calls for Anti-Racism Curriculum in District 

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, 

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