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CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Racist Graffiti in Delaware

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/24/17) – 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 graffiti in Wilmington, Del.

SEE: Racist slurs, swastikas, ‘KKK’ painted on Wilmington car

Residents yesterday discovered that a minivan parked on the street had been vandalized with hateful messages and symbolism scrawled in white spray paint on all sides.

Among these were swastikas painted across the hood and on the van’s side panel; the letters “KKK” on a window; a profane insult targeting former President Obama on the front passenger window; and the word “Trump” on the roof of the minivan.

“We denounce this cowardly crime and urge anyone with information to promptly report it to the law enforcement authorities,” said CAIR spokesperson Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “As the national conversation on racism grows in recent weeks, Charlottesville remains a tragic reminder of the fatal consequences of unchecked hate in our society.”

Chaudry also urged law enforcement to investigate the incident as a hate crime due to the disturbing nature of the messages. Officers are reportedly investigating the incident as an act of “criminal mischief.”

CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.

The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump

CAIR asks community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Spokesperson Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, zchaudry@cair.com

 

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