(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/30/2019) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and the ACLU of West Virginia today condemned the distribution of racist messages found in the streets of Moundsville, W.Va.
CAIR said the hate messages were distributed in clear plastic bags filled with birdseed.
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“It is disturbing to see that some individuals can be so comfortable disseminating racist and anti-Semitic messages,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen. "It is even more disturbing to see people targeted by hate in their own neighborhoods."
Ajeen added that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
ACLU of West Virginia Executive Director Joseph Cohen said in a statement:
"The evil of white supremacy is a defining feature of American history. Sadly, we have all seen a resurgence in the odious ideology of hatred across the country and right here in the Mountain State. When bigotry is emanating from the White House and our state capitol, that only emboldens white nationalists in our neighborhoods. We all must do everything in our power to counter the growth of white supremacist terror."
In the last week, CAIR condemned several other hate incidents across the nation.
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CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, email@example.com