(SACRAMENTO, CA, 02/12/2020) – The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today condemned racist vandalism found on a visiting coach’s vehicle that was parked at Colfax High School.
Bear River High School basketball coach Ralph Lewis reportedly returned to his car after a game against Colfax High School, which Bear River won, to find the “n-word” scrawled on the window.
Colfax High Principal Paul Lundberg said in an email sent to parents Friday night, “The coach happens to be African-American and a long-time contributor in our community working with youth for many years.”
In a statement, CAIR-Sacramento Valley (CAIR-SV) Executive Director Basim Elkarra said:
“We condemn this racist vandalism. It is disturbing that Bear River coach Ralph Lewis was subjected to this act of hatred after a high school basketball game and during Black History Month, a time devoted to celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans. It underscores how far we have to go to combat bigotry, along with the importance of making ethnic studies a requirement for high school graduation and the need to uplift marginalized voices. As a community, we must call out and stand up to racism and bigotry in all forms.”
Elkarra urged community members to report any bias incidents to law enforcement and to CAIR-SV/CC’s Civil Rights Department at 916-441-6269 or by filing a report online.
CAIR-SV is an office of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.
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CONTACT: CAIR-SV/CC Communications Manager Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi, 916-441-6269 or kkipling@cair.com