(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/30/19) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate apparent neo-Nazi vandalism targeting a mural of African-American pop star Tina Turner in Asheville, N.C., as a hate crime.
Someone recently drew a crude Nazi swastika (three of the four arms pointed in the wrong direction) centered on Turner’s face in the mural.
SEE: Downtown Asheville mural of pop star Tina Turner vandalized with apparent swastika
A mural of Tina Turner was defaced with a swastika in North Carolina
“Just as a rising tide lifts all boats, the rising tide of hate in our nation has empowered bigots of all stripes,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We urge local and state law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident as a hate crime.”
Hooper said 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 Calls for Hate Crime Charges After Iowa Girl Run Down in Racist Attack
CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents in North Carolina, Wyoming, Illinois
Yesterday, CAIR expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in that state and nationwide after five people were stabbed Saturday night at a rabbi's home during a Hanukkah celebration. Saturday’s attack was the latest in a series of violent incidents targeting the New York Jewish community.
SEE: CAIR, CAIR-NY Express Solidarity with Jewish Community After Hanukkah Stabbings
Earlier this month, CAIR-NY condemned the allegedly bias-motivated attack on an Orthodox Jewish man in Manhattan.
SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Bias-Motivated Attack on Jewish Man in Manhattan
Also this month, CAIR’s New Jersey chapter expressed solidarity with the Jewish community following the targeted attack on a Jewish Kosher deli in Jersey City.
SEE: CAIR-NJ Expresses Solidarity with the Jewish Community After ”˜Targeted’ Jersey City Shooting
CAIR’s Los Angeles chapter recently welcomed the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into and vandalizing Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills.
SEE: CAIR-LA Welcomes Arrest of Vandal Who Desecrated Beverly Hills Synagogue
CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, immigrant, Native American, African-American, Sikh, and other targeted minority communities nationwide following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson or bombings.
CAIR-SFBA Expresses Solidarity with Sikh Community After Man Attacked, Calls for Probe of Bias Motive for Assault
CAIR’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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, email@example.com