(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/28/20)Â â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™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.Â
According to one media report: â€œâ€™Around 10 a.m. a police officer knocked on my door and I had no idea what happened,â€™ said Maha Hassan, a sophomore. â€˜I opened the door and I stepped outside and I turned around and saw an ethnic slur written about the fact Iâ€™m from Pakistan. I sort of just fell to the floor in absolute disgust.â€™ 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
â€˜I fell to the floor in absolute disgustâ€™: Racist graffiti discovered at University of Richmond
â€œNow 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,â€ saidÂ 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.Â
SEE: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Racist Graffiti at Virginia University
At a home basketball game on Saturday, studentsÂ held up signs saying, â€œno room for hateâ€ and â€œstop racismâ€ after racist graffiti was reportedly found on an African-American studentâ€™s dorm room on Friday.Â
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’Â
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CAIRâ€™s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.Â