Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Video: CAIR Director Joins Supreme Court Rally in Support of Voting Rights
CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad today joined members of Congress and other civil rights leaders at a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., to show support for the Voting Rights Act.
CAIR Rep Takes Part in DC Muslim-Media Roundtable
CAIR-NY Backs Calls for Removal of 'Blackface' Assemblyman from Leadership Position
(NEW YORK, NY, 2/27/13) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today joined other community leaders in calling for the removal of New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind from his position as assistant majority leader following his appearance at a party in "blackface."

SEE: Black Leaders Call for Blackface Assemblyman to Resign From Leadership Post

Critics say Hikind, assemblyman for District 48 in Brooklyn, has a history of supporting racist and offensive positions.

In 2001, he launched rhetorical attacks on a mayoral candidate who received the endorsement of a coalition of American Muslim organizations.

In 2007, Hikind was "at the forefront" of the campaign to shut down an Arabic language public school. (Jerusalem Post, 8/15/07)

In 2005 and 2010, Hikind also supported racial profiling bills that would allow law enforcement to use someone's race and ethnicity as reasonable suspicion when looking at Arab, South Asian and Muslim men.

SEE: NY Assemblyman Calls for Ethnic Profiling Bill

More recently, Hikind claimed students at Brooklyn College are terrorist sympathizers, and called members of the college administration cowards for hosting an event focused on Palestinian human rights.

SEE: Bloomberg Backs Brooklyn College Over BDS Event

"An elected official who believes there is nothing wrong with dressing up as a 'black person' by painting his face, wearing an afro wig and donning a basketball jersey is clearly out of touch with mainstream American values," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Muneer Awad. "These disturbing stereotypes are the root cause of racist and discriminatory policies that plague our societies to this day."

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