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CAIR Asks NY Rep. Peter King to Apologize for Using Derogatory Term for Japanese

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/13/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’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 MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.â€

In a discussion of presidential campaign politics, King said “why 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'

“It is unconscionable for a national elected official to use such a derogatory term to describe the Japanese people, or by extension, Japanese Americans,†said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We 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 America’s Muslims.

Not a single witness attempted to factually validate the congressman’s allegation of a Muslim community run by extremists. Five of the six law enforcement representatives who testified did not support King’s assertion that Muslims do not cooperate with law enforcement.

SEE: Rep. Peter King’s Anti-Muslim Congressional Hearings

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

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

If you believe your rights have been violated, you may call CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or email

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171,

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