(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/12/19) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned “white power” hate vandalism targeting property in Fort Smith, Ark.
“Racially-charged and insensitive” language — including “white power” and possible neo-Nazi “SS” symbols — was spray-painted on a vehicle and the tires were slashed. Other offensive and threatening (“die”) language was also sprayed at the site of the incident.
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“We condemn this apparently bias-motivated vandalism and urge law enforcement authorities and public officials to take this act of intimidation seriously,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen. “The racism and white supremacy promoted at the highest levels of our society is increasingly having an impact on ordinary Americans.”
Ajeen said CAIR 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.
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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 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.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com