(DENVER, CO, 2/12/20) – The Colorado chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Colorado), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an incident in which a man verbally harassed a woman for speaking Spanish.
The argument occurred at an Elks Lodge in Monte Vista, Colo., when the woman asked the man for a card to play a round of bingo. The man told her to speak English, following the reactions of other guests, the man began defending himself saying, “No I’m not a racist, I’m saying speak English.” The woman told her daughter after the incident that she was frightened.
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“We are concerned about the current political environment in which we see the targeting immigrants – or those perceived to be immigrants — who speak another language,” said CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole. “We welcome the swift actions the Elks Lodge took to repudiate this uncivil behavior. We are living in 2020 – a time when America should be reflecting on its strengths as a diverse population and valuing the fact that our citizens often speak not only one, but two or more languages. Instead, we see the English language used as a weapon to divide our own people.”
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 Donald Trump as president.
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.