CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Apparent Neo-Nazi Vandalism Targeting Tina Turner Mural in North Carolina

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/30/19) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate apparent neo-Nazi vandalism targeting a mural of African-American pop star Tina Turner in Asheville, N.C., as a hate crime.

Someone recently drew a crude Nazi swastika (three of the four arms pointed in the wrong direction) centered on Turner’s face in the mural.

SEE: Downtown Asheville mural of pop star Tina Turner vandalized with apparent swastika

https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2019/12/26/nazi-swastika-graffiti-tina-turner-mural-asheville-record-store/2750674001/

A mural of Tina Turner was defaced with a swastika in North Carolina

https://wtkr.com/2019/12/30/a-mural-of-tina-turner-was-defaced-with-a-swastika-in-north-carolina/

“Just as a rising tide lifts all boats, the rising tide of hate in our nation has empowered bigots of all stripes,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We urge local and state law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident as a hate crime.”

Hooper said 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.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Charges After Iowa Girl Run Down in Racist Attack

https://www.cair.com/cair_calls_for_hate_crime_charges_after_iowa_girl_run_down_in_racist_attack

CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents in North Carolina, Wyoming, Illinois

https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_racist_incidents_in_north_carolina_wyoming_illinois

Yesterday, CAIR expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in that state and nationwide after five people were stabbed Saturday night at a rabbi's home during a Hanukkah celebration. Saturday’s attack was the latest in a series of violent incidents targeting the New York Jewish community.

SEE: CAIR, CAIR-NY Express Solidarity with Jewish Community After Hanukkah Stabbings

https://www.cair.com/cair_cair_ny_express_solidarity_with_jewish_community_after_hanukkah_stabbings

Earlier this month, CAIR-NY condemned the allegedly bias-motivated attack on an Orthodox Jewish man in Manhattan. 

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Bias-Motivated Attack on Jewish Man in Manhattan

https://www.cair.com/cair_ny_condemns_bias_motivated_attack_on_jewish_man_in_manhattan

Also this month, CAIR’s New Jersey chapter expressed solidarity with the Jewish community following the targeted attack on a Jewish Kosher deli in Jersey City.

SEE: CAIR-NJ Expresses Solidarity with the Jewish Community After ‘Targeted’ Jersey City Shooting

https://www.cair.com/cair_nj_expresses_solidarity_with_the_jewish_community_after_targeted_jersey_city_shooting

CAIR’s Los Angeles chapter recently welcomed the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into and vandalizing Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills.

SEE: CAIR-LA Welcomes Arrest of Vandal Who Desecrated Beverly Hills Synagogue

https://www.cair.com/cair_la_welcomes_arrest_of_vandal_who_desecrated_beverly_hills_synagogue

CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, immigrant, Native American, African-American, Sikh, and other targeted minority communities nationwide following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson or bombings.

CAIR-SFBA Expresses Solidarity with Sikh Community After Man Attacked, Calls for Probe of Bias Motive for Assault

https://www.cair.com/cair_sfba_expresses_solidarity_with_sikh_community_after_man_attacked_calls_for_probe_of_bias_motive_for_assault

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, aajeen@cair.com

 


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