(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/5/2019) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today 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.
Zachariah Joseph Manahan, 18, reportedly connected a garden hose to a pressure washer and sprayed the children multiple times while yelling slurs such as “f**king Somalians” and “b**ch Somalians.” He is currently facing charges of felony stalking – committed because of bias, gross misdemeanor damage to property, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
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“We welcome the charges brought against this suspect who allegedly terrorized Muslim children, and hope they send the message that bias-motivated acts of violence will not be tolerated in our state or nation,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.
He added that 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.
Hussein 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
Last month, 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.
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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