In the aftermath of Brandeis University's decision to revoke Ayaan Hirsi Ali's offer of an honorary degree and scheduled speaking engagement, CAIR National issued a statement claiming victory. Among the listed "specific thanks" was racist blogger Richard Silverstein. Silverstein has come under his fire for calling Chloe Valdary, an African-American pro-Israel activist, a "house slave" and implied the "Israel lobby" was her "master."
Silverstein himself was upset that he had not received more credit for creating the controversy regarding Hirsi Ali:
Valdary was unsurprised by the association, telling TruthRevolt:
Richard Silverstein has called me an Uncle Tom, and a house slave merely because I wholeheartedly support the state of Israel. For an organization like CAIR to thank a racist blogger for his support does not really surprise me. However, it does call into question whether they are sincere in their claim to stand for actual civil rights or if they merely wish to silence anyone who disagrees with them. CAIR should not align itself with racist bigots such as Silverstein. That they are doing so makes me wonder if they themselves are not as bigoted as him.
She also took to Twitter to draw attention to the association: