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CAIR Condemns Another Alleged Hate Crime in Maryland Targeting African-Americans

CAIR National logo(BALTIMORE, MD, 6/1/17) – The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today strongly condemned another hate crime targeting African-Americans in that state,

SEE: Truck with Confederate Flag Linked to Potential Hate Crime in Harford County: Police

According to police, over the weekend, two white men in a black truck bearing a confederate flag ran an African-American driver off the road on US Route 1, before assaulting and taunting him with racial slurs. 

CAIR has recently responded to a string of hate crimes and bias incidents across Maryland including Prince George’s County and Frederick County. 

SEE: Sheriff’s Deputies Investigating Hate Crime in Ballenger Creek Area

In Frederick County, the African American owner of a Dodge Charger awoke Sunday morning to discover the words “Die N*****” scrawled in gold spray paint on his vehicle. Authorizes are investigating the incident as a “racial, religious or ethnic incident” – which is how the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office refers to hate crimes. 

The organization recently also condemned the suspected hate-motivated murder of Bowie State University student, Richard Collins III, at the University of Maryland. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Murder of Maryland College Student by Suspect with White Supremacist Links

“Our elected leaders must speak out and do more to curb this rising tide of hate in Maryland,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, who noted Maryland Governor Hogan’s prolonged silence on these incidents. “It is unacceptable that Maryland’s most historically vulnerable communities are consistently being stripped of their safety, rights and sense of security.” 

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

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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062zchaudry@cair.com

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