(LOUISVILLE, KY, 6/17/19) – The Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism targeting a painting of Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Ky., as a possible hate crime.
Slurs were painted in orange over Ali's portion of the "Kentucky Rushmore" mural. Orange paint was also used to fill in the eyes of Ali on the mural. The mural also features paintings of Abraham Lincoln, Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Col. Harlan Sanders and Triple Crown-winning thoroughbred Secretariat.
“As Americans, we must continue to stand up and loudly say no to hatred and division,” said CAIR-Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad.
Muhammad noted that officials unveiled a new logo and branding last week of the recently renamed Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport that honors the American Muslim boxing champion.
CAIR recently released a groundbreaking report, called “Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network,” listing the philanthropic foundations, many of them mainstream, that were used by anonymous special interest donors to funnel almost $125 million to anti-Muslim hate groups between 2014 and 2016.
The report’s authors noted that one outcome of the funding and promotion of anti-Muslim hate and conspiracy theories has been the measurable nationwide increase in anti-Muslim hate violence, bullying of children and discrimination. The period covered by the report showed a marked increase in anti-Muslim hate violence and discrimination.
CAIR is 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.
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-Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad, 859-545-0651, firstname.lastname@example.org