(WASHINGTON, DC., 3/26/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for disciplinary action against any student responsible for anti-Asian vandalism on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
The university has reported an increase in racism targeting Asians and Asian-Americans on campus related to the Coronavirus pandemic. In one incident, racist chalk messages were written on a campus sidewalk reading, “IT’S FROM CHINA #CHINESEVIRUS,” and “(Expletive) THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT.”
SEE: UW-Madison leaders, students condemn chalk messages blaming China for coronavirus
In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:
“We welcome the university’s actions in response to these incidents and hope any students responsible for these acts of racism will be held accountable.”
Yesterday, CAIR condemned attacks targeting Wisconsin’s Hmong Asian-American community.
SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents Targeting Hmong Asian-Americans in Wisconsin
In past weeks, CAIR condemned several anti-Asian coronavirus-related hate incidents.
SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns More Anti-Asian Coronavirus-Related Hate Crimes, Welcomes NY Attorney General Launch of Hate Crimes Hotline
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.
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 Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, email@example.com