(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/13/2019) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed hate crime charges brought against two men who allegedly used racial slurs and threats targeting African-Americans.
On the Fourth of July, a group of young African-American women were reportedly targeted in their vehicle, harassed with racial slurs and told to “go back to Milwaukee.” When the father of one of the women intervened, he was allegedly assaulted and threatened with hanging. One of the alleged attackers reportedly stated, “Get a rope, we’re going to hang this [expletive] from a tree.”
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“This appears to be yet another manifestation of growing racism and white supremacy in our nation,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We welcome the hate crime charges brought against these two suspects and urge community leaders and public officials to speak out against the bigotry promoted at the highest levels of our society that can lead to such incidents.”
Hooper 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.
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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, 202-774-0770, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com