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CAIR Condemns Anti-Asian Racist Graffiti Targeting Salt Lake City Japanese Garden  

(WASHINGTON D.C., 10/21/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned anti-Asian racist graffiti targeting a Japanese garden in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

The graffiti was discovered over the weekend at the Japanese tea garden area of Salt Lake City’s International Peace Gardens. No other part of the gardens was vandalized. A police report was filed, and an investigation is underway. Police have asked anyone with information about the vandalism to call 801-799-3000.  

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“This disturbing incident is unfortunately part of a larger trend of anti-Asian incidents nationwide driven by racism and stereotyping,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison. “We condemn this hateful attack and stand in solidarity with the Asian-American community against racism and bigotry.” 

Allison said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and other forms of bigotry.     

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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