Civil rights group welcomes ruling that Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Va., not subject to state law preventing removal of war memorials
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/1/2021) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a hate crime investigation of racist vandalism targeting a family in Virginia and also welcomed a ruling on the removal of Confederate monuments in that state.
Prince William County Police in Woodbridge, Va., are investigating the hate vandalism, which included the N-word and other slurs spray-painted on the home of a family of Nigerian heritage.
SEE: Police investigating racist vandalism in Woodbridge
Also in Virginia, that state’s Supreme Court ruled that two Confederate statues in Charlottesville, Va., were never subject to a state law preventing removal of war memorials.
SEE: Va. Supreme Court Sides with Charlottesville in Confederate Monuments Case
“Law enforcement authorities should consider the possibility of hate crime charges whenever evidence indicates a clear bias motive,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “All Virginians should speak out against continuing systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy, and also against the symbols of white supremacy such as Confederate memorials.”
He noted that Virginia law defines a hate crime as “a criminal act committed against a person or his property with the specific intent of instilling fear or intimidation in the individual against whom the act is perpetrated.”
Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.
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.