(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/13/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Rep. Peter King (R-NY) to apologize for his use of a derogatory term to describe the Japanese people earlier today on MSNBCâ€™s â€œMorning Joe.â€
In a discussion of presidential campaign politics, King said â€œwhy pay for the J*ps, why pay for the Koreans.â€
Video: Rep. Peter King (R-NY) Uses Derogatory Term for Japanese on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe'
â€œIt is unconscionable for a national elected official to use such a derogatory term to describe the Japanese people, or by extension, Japanese Americans,â€ said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. â€œWe ask Representative King to apologize and to refrain from further use of derogatory language targeting any national, ethnic or minority group.â€
King has previously engaged in smears targeting the American Muslim community.
In 2011, King, then chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, held four hearings on the American Muslim community. After those hearings, which included 18 witnesses, King failed to produce the promised evidence to support his stigmatization of Americaâ€™s Muslims.
Not a single witness attempted to factually validate the congressmanâ€™s allegation of a Muslim community run by extremists. Five of the six law enforcement representatives who testified did not support Kingâ€™s assertion that Muslims do not cooperate with law enforcement.
CAIR recently co-sponsored a bus pilgrimage to the former Manzanar World War II Japanese American internment camp in California.
Video: CAIR-CA Co-Sponsors Japanese American Pilgrimage to Manzanar WWII Internment Camp
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