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CAIR-NJ Decries Racist 'Make Edison Great Again' Mailer Targeting Asian School Board Candidates
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/2/2017) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried the distribution of a racist mailer with the heading “Make Edison Great Again,” which declares “The Chinese and Indians are Taking over our Town”.
The mailer is an apparent effort to sway voters in an upcoming school board election in Edison, N.J., where one candidate is of Indian descent and another is of Chinese descent. That mailer displays pictures of the candidates with mock immigration stamps declaring “Deport” overlapping them.
"This kind of divisive campaign rhetoric is a threat to a free and open democratic system,” said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ. “The repulsive message represented in this postcard is a painful reminder of the extreme divisiveness that characterizes our current political climate.”
SEE: Racist 'Make Edison Great Again' mailer targets Asian school board candidates
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, 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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