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CAIR Condemns Hate Assault of Latino Men in Tennessee, Supports Firing of Tennessee Dispatcher for Posting Racial Slur

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/7/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemned the alleged bias-motivated assault of two Latino men in Franklin, Tenn., and expressed support for the decision to fire a Nashville, Tenn., dispatcher who used a racist slur in a social media post supporting Donald Trump’s 2016 election.  

One of the victims of the Franklin assault, musician Lorenzo Molina Ruiz, reported someone said, “Speak f*****g English! You are in America” before he was attacked. The restaurant staff allegedly refused to call police and instead kicked the two victims out. The two men were treated in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s emergency room for multiple injuries. 

SEE: Franklin Police Investigating Assault That Community Members Call Hate Crime

‘Brutally attacked for speaking Spanish’: Musician says he’s victim of hate crime  

A federal appeals court ruled against former Metro Government Emergency Operations Center dispatcher Danyelle Bennett on Tuesday. Bennett was placed on paid leave and eventually fired after she posted a racial slur on her public Facebook page. In response to a comment, Bennett replied, “Thank god we have more America loving rednecks. Red spread across all America. Even (n-word) and Latinos voted for Trump too!”  

SEE: Slur by Trump-supporting Nashville dispatcher was racist, not protected speech, court says

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said:        

“These types of incidents are reminders of how racism, xenophobia and white supremacy negatively impact our society and that we must condemn and stand against bigotry in all of its forms.”       

Washington, D.C.-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.        

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner     

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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,; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292,  

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