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CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Racist Vandalism in West Virginia

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/21/2020) – 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 vehicle in Wheeling Island, W.Va. 

A social media post by the victim’s mother showed the car with racial slurs and other profanity scratched into the paint of the car, broken side mirrors and flattened tires. Wheeling Police reported they are not investigating the matter as a possible hate crime. 

SEE: Community Responding to Car Vandalism Involving Racial Slurs on Wheeling Island

Car on Wheeling Island vandalized, marked with racial slurs, profanity

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:“At a time when those challenging systemic racism nationwide are facing backlash from bigots, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate this apparent act of racist vandalism as a possible hate crime.”

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Resignation of Va. Historical Society Head Over Racist Post, Charges for Racist Threat in Utah 

Hooper said CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism and white supremacy.

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292,

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