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CAIR Welcomes Resignation of Minnesota School Board Chair Who Posted Islamophobic, Racist Messages

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/3/18) – – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed the resignation of the Osseo Area Schools board chairman following allegations that he posted anti-Muslim and racist comments on social media.

Robert Gerhart’s posts allegedly included a picture of a man eating uncooked meat with the headline: “Minnesota Muslim Eating Bloody Meat Introduces Horrified Citizens To His Latest ”˜Game’”

SEE: Osseo Schools Chairman Resigns Amid Furor Over Alleged Racist Comments

“We welcome Mr. Gerhart’s resignation and thank all those who spoke out to challenge racism, Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.

He said CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

The Washington-based civil rights organization recently welcomed the resignation of a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Interior who made anti-Muslim and other offensive comments on Facebook and Twitter.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Resignation of Islamophobic Interior Department Official

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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