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CAIR Welcomes Hate Crime Charges for Threats Targeting Delaware Black First Responders, Condemns Racist Graffiti in Wisconsin, Nevada

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/4/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today welcomed hate crime charges for threats targeting Black first responders in Delaware and condemned racist graffiti in Madison Wis., and Las Vegas, Nev.  

CAIR welcomed hate crime charges brought against a white firefighter for sending threatening messages to Black first responders in Delaware. The racist meme was of a white male holding a shotgun. The phrase “Black Lives Matter” was on the top of the image, and the bottom of the image said: “So if you want your black head to stay attached to your black a**, stay away from my stuff.”  

SEE: Delaware firefighter charged with hate crimes after sending ‘Black Lives Matter’ meme  

https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/crime/2020/09/03/delaware-firefighter-charged-hate-crimes-after-sending-memes/5701212002/

CAIR condemned racist graffiti sprayed on multiple buildings in the Library Mall area at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Several city and privately-owned properties were also affected.  

SEE: Racist graffiti spray painted on buildings in Library Mall area in Madison  

CAIR also condemned racist graffiti found at the office of an African-American foreman at the Las Vegas Convention Center, but commended Turner Construction for suspending work on August 26 to give all workers anti-bias training.  

SEE: Racist graffiti halts Turner JV’s work on Las Vegas Convention Center  

https://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/racist-graffiti-halts-turner-jvs-work-las-vegas-co/

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said:     

“We condemn these bigoted displays of racism and encourage swift collective action to demonstrate that all communities stand on the side of racial justice.”    

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.        

SEE: CAIR Asks Feds to Probe Deadly Shooting of Black Man in Louisiana by Alleged ‘Confederate Sympathizer’https://www.cair.com/press_releases/cair-asks-feds-to-probe-deadly-shooting-of-black-man-in-louisiana-by-alleged-confederate-sympathizer/ 
Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner  

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.         

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com    

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