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GOOD NEWS ALERT: CAIR Welcomes Resignation of Wisconsin College Official Who Posted Islamophobic, Anti-Black Lives Matter Comments

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/11/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the resignation of a Wisconsin college official who posted Islamophobic, anti-Black Lives Matter movement and other offensive comments online. 

Yesterday, CAIR called for “appropriate disciplinary action” and encouraged the official to directly engage with the Muslim community. 

SEE: Fox Valley Technical College announces spokesman has resigned, days after his social media comments on Islam, Black Lives Matter surfaced

https://www.thenorthwestern.com/story/news/education/2020/08/11/fvtc-spokesman-resigns-after-comments-on-islam-black-lives-matter/3340433001/

CAIR Calls for Disciplinary Action After Wisconsin College Official Posts Islamophobic, Anti-Black Lives Matter Comments

Chris Jossart, manager of media relations at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) in Appleton, Wisc., posted the offensive the comments on his public LinkedIn page.  

He reportedly called the Black Lives Matter movement “a disgrace” and “get rid of the anti-American filth causing cancer to our nation” on a post about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is a Muslim. Jossart stated: “Islam is all over the world infiltrating every nation, and (Joe) Biden wants their beliefs in our already tainted public school curriculum.” He also called COVID-19 “a hoax from China.” 

In a statement, FVTC President Susan May said Jossart resigned effective Monday and was “relieved of his duties immediately.”

In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said: 

“We welcome Mr. Jossart’s acknowledgement of the seriousness of his offensive comments, and we once again encourage him to engage with the Muslim community so that this troubling incident can be turned into an opportunity for growth and learning.”

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 Joins NAACP in Calling for Firing of S.C. Employee After Noose Incident, Condemns Indiana Vandalism of Black Lives Matter Mural

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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