(BALTIMORE, MD, 9/10/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities to conduct a hate crime investigation into several incidents targeting a Muslim family in Greenbelt, Md.
The family told CAIR that their daughter was parking her car in front of the home’s driveway when a car pulled up next to her, reportedly staring at her in a menacing manner while blocking off oncoming traffic. When the daughter, who wears an Islamic head scarf (hijab), rolled down her window, the woman in the other car called her a “terrorist,” among other slurs and insults, including commenting on her skin color and the hijab. The woman also allegedly threatened the daughter, telling her that “punishment is coming soon.”
The family reported the incident to Greenbelt Police but were disappointed in the response they received. The family told CAIR they have experienced a pattern of disturbing incidents in the past few months, including the damaging of the irrigation system in their front yard, the slashing of their tires, and the placing of nails and screws on their driveway.
In a statement at a news conference this morning at CAIR’s Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., CAIR-Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry said:
“The intimidation and threats this family has endured mirror the experiences of many other American Muslim families confronted by hate and bias as a consequence of the rise in Islamophobia in our country, especially post 9/11.
“CAIR applauds this family’s courage in speaking out and sharing their story, and strongly condemns the threats, slurs and pattern of alleged harassment. We’re calling on the Greenbelt Police to investigate a bias motive into the latest incident, help deliver justice for the family and avoid future incidents.”
Video: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Incidents Targeting Maryland Muslim Family
CAIR’s news conference also discussed the results of a nationwide survey of American Muslims about their perspectives and experiences over the past twenty years.
SEE: CAIR to Host DC Press Conference Marking 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001, Detail Results of Nationwide American Muslim Survey
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