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CAIR Calls for Expanded Hate Crime Probe After New Virginia Victims of Racist Graffiti Come Forward

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/28/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today call for an expanded hate crime probe of racist graffiti at the University of Richmond in Virginia after learning of two additional cases in which students were targeted for their national origin. 

According to one media report: “’Around 10 a.m. a police officer knocked on my door and I had no idea what happened,’ said Maha Hassan, a sophomore. ‘I opened the door and I stepped outside and I turned around and saw an ethnic slur written about the fact I’m from Pakistan. I sort of just fell to the floor in absolute disgust.’ That was Saturday morning, the same morning when Ahmed Elnaggar found a racist slang term for the word terrorist written on his dorm room nametag.â€

SEE: Group wants investigation into racist graffiti at University of Richmond

‘I fell to the floor in absolute disgust’: Racist graffiti discovered at University of Richmond

“Now that it has come to our attention that two more students were targeted by bigotry due to their national origin, we urge law enforcement authorities and university officials to undertake an expanded hate crime investigation,†said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Yesterday, CAIR called for law enforcement authorities and university officials to take this matter seriously and to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime. 

SEE: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Racist Graffiti at Virginia University

At a home basketball game on Saturday, students held up signs saying, “no room for hate†and “stop racism†after racist graffiti was reportedly found on an African-American student’s dorm room on Friday. 

SEE: Students protest after reported racist graffiti at the University of Richmond

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.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Resignation of Indiana Official Who Called Muslims ‘Goat Humpers’

CAIR Condemns Neo-Nazi Vandalism of Nebraska Synagogue

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 Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,

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