(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/5/2019) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), today condemned a series of recent hate incidents nationwide that the Muslim civil rights organization says are tied to President Trump’s “empowerment of hate.”
CAIR condemned an anti-immigrant acid attack on a Hispanic man in Milwaukee, an alleged anti-Semitic plot to bomb a synagogue in Colorado and white supremacist flyers distributed on a Tennessee university campus.
Police are investigating the Milwaukee acid attack as a possible hate crime due to the anti-immigrant language used preceding the attack. The victim was reportedly told to “go back to your country,” “You came here to invade” and called “illegal” before he was splashed with acid.
SEE: Victim of Milwaukee Acid Attack Says He Was Told to ”˜Go Back to Your Country’
Hispanic man says acid attacker accused him of invading United States
CAIR also condemned the alleged plot to bomb the synagogue in Colorado by a man who had repeatedly expressed anti-Semitic views.
SEE: White Supremacist Plotted to Bomb Colorado Synagogue, FBI Says
CAIR similarly condemned “It’s okay to be white” flyers placed throughout East Tennessee State University’s campus. Since 2016, 346 incidents of white supremacist propaganda have been recorded. Flyers, stickers, banners and posters have appeared on college and university campuses.”
SEE: ‘It’s okay to be white’ signs placed on East Tennessee State University’s campus
“We view all these incidents as a manifestation of the empowerment of hate we have witnessed nationwide resulting directly or indirectly from President Trump’s rhetoric, appointments and policies,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Earlier this week, CAIR condemned both the wearing of Ku Klux Klan (KKK) robes and hoods by a group of individuals in Tennessee and the filming of a white supremacist propaganda video at a Mississippi memorial to Emmett Till.
A video of the group of people wearing the racist attire was posted Thursday on YouTube under the title “2019 Halloween in Jamestown Tennessee.” The video was reportedly taken from one of the participants’ Snapchat accounts.
SEE: CAIR Condemns Tenn. Group’s KKK Halloween Costumes, Filming of White Supremacist Propaganda Video at Miss. Emmett Till Memorial
Video: CAIR Condemns Tenn. Group’s KKK Halloween Costumes
Earlier this year, CAIR condemned the actions of three University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) students who stood with guns in front of a bullet-riddled memorial to Till.
SEE: CAIR Condemns Mississippi Students Posing with Guns in Front of Bullet-Riddled Emmett Till Memorial
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’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: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, firstname.lastname@example.org