(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 7/14/17) -- The Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) tonight called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism targeting a Muslim family of Middle Eastern heritage in that state as a possible hate crime.
CAIR-Alabama reports that the Muslim family in Helena, Ala., today discovered broken windows, flat tires, and obscene and racist slurs – including the “N-word” - spray-painted on a van, and motor oil poured over three vehicles.
“Because of the racist slur used in this vandalism, the recent spike in hate crimes targeting American Muslims and other minority groups and because of the religious and ethnic background of the victims, it would only be prudent to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime,” said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed.
She said CAIR is also calling on local and state leaders -- and President Trump -- to speak out against the rising level of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim incidents nationwide. The Washington-based civil rights group said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.
Earlier this week, CAIR called for a similar hate crime investigation of vandalism targeting a Tennessee mosque.
Because of the spike in hate crimes, CAIR recently 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.
Community members may also report any bias incidents to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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