(WASHINGTON, DC., 4/10/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a hate crime probe of a racist message apparently related to COVID-19 targeting a local Hmong business in Green Bay, Wis.
[NOTE: The Hmong are an ethnic group from Southern China, Vietnam and Laos.]
A van belonging to the business was vandalized with graffiti reading “COVA” in black spray paint.
SEE: Family-Owned Hmong Store Targeted by Alleged Racists in Wisconsin
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“We must respond to this deadly pandemic with increased unity and compassion, not with bigotry and racism,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
He noted that in past weeks, CAIR condemned several anti-Asian coronavirus-related hate incidents, one of them being another attack against the Hmong community in Wisconsin.
SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents Targeting Hmong Asian-Americans in Wisconsin
CAIR also condemned a similar vandalism of an Asian owned restaurant in Chinatown of Seattle, Wash., and other coronavirus-related incidents nationwide.
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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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, email@example.com