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CAIR Condemns Apparent Anti-Asian ‘COVID-19’ Hate Attack in DC, Expresses Solidarity with Asian-American Community

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/11/2020) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an apparent hate attack on an Asian-American business in Washington, D.C.

CAIR also expressed the American Muslim community’s solidarity with Asian-Americans, who are increasingly targeted by hate since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Video shows a man shouting “COVID-19” and “Chinese tea” pepper-spraying the owner of Valley Brook Tea in Washington, D.C., in what a police report describes as a “suspected hate crime.”

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“We condemn this apparent act of bias-motivated violence and express the solidarity of American Muslims with the Asian-American community at a time of growing bigotry nationwide,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Hooper noted that CAIR has in the past repeatedly condemned anti-Asian stereotyping and bias.

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

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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.     


CONTACT:  CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,   

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