(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/29/20) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for hate crime investigations of racist graffiti incidents in Virginia and Vermont.
Racist graffiti was sprayed on the back-brick wall of a Chesterfield County, Va., 7-Eleven. A firebomb was also thrown onto the roof leaving a charred spot on the roof. A bottle filled with an accelerant was also found near the back fence.
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In North Bennington, Vt., police are seeking information regarding racist graffiti spray-painted in public areas. The graffiti reportedly contained language that targets African-Americans and â€œoffensive, sexually explicit illustrations.â€
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â€œWe urge local officials to treat all incidents targeting minority communities as possible hate crimes and to investigate accordingly,â€ said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen. â€œThese types of hate incidents are unfortunately increasing nationwide.â€
Yesterday, CAIR call for an expanded hate crime probe of racist graffiti at the University of Richmond in Virginia after learning of two additional cases in which students were targeted for their national origin.
SEE: CAIR Calls for Expanded Hate Crime Probe After New Virginia Victims of Racist Graffiti Come Forward
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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CAIRâ€™s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT:â€¯CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, firstname.lastname@example.org