(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 7/5/2019) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed the arrest of a man suspected in a racially-motivated assault at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.
CAIR said the suspect was arrested for the June 19 attack on an employee sitting on the steps outside the university’s New Main by a man who allegedly approached him from behind and asked him where he was from and why he was in this country.
SEE: Police arrest suspect in racially motivated assault at Metro State
“We welcome this arrest and hope is sends a strong message to anyone who would allegedly turn their bigoted views into violent actions,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.
Last month, CAIR-MN welcomed hate crime charges brought against a Faribault, Minn., man who allegedly used a pressure-washing hose against a 15-year-old Somali-American Muslim girl and her siblings while yelling racial slurs.
Hussein said CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
He also noted that CAIR believes many of these types of alleged bias incidents are not being reported by the victims.
Community members are urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
Earlier this year, CAIR 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.
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.
New CAIR Report: Anonymous Donors Use Mainstream Philanthropic Groups to Funnel Millions to Anti-Muslim Hate Groups
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.
CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, email@example.com