The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has joined the Black Lives Matter movement.
As Michelle Moons reported, CAIR leaders and members joined Black Lives Matter in a march on the California State Capitol on Wednesday, targeting Gov. Jerry Brown’s office over a new bill that, in part, would expand bans on racial profiling to include perceived ethnicity.
As police officers are being targeted across the nation, CAIR has sided with their enemies.
That creates a serious problem for CAIR’s defenders, which argue that its associations with Islamic extremism can be overlooked because it helps law enforcement work with, and within, the Muslim community.
By supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, which has contributed to an atmosphere of violent incitement and hatred against police officers across the nation, CAIR has shown what its true feelings about American law enforcement really are.
CAIR claims it supports “the Founding Fathers’ tradition of working for checks on overly-broad law enforcement efforts.”
But Black Lives Matter targets ordinary, constitutionally-protected police activity. Its activists have used violence and called for violence against police.
CAIR’s alliance with the movement reinforces the perception that it opposes law enforcement because it backs some of the aims of Islamic radicals, even as it condemns their tactics.