(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/2/2019) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today condemned a hate attack on a North Carolina family apparently related to an interracial relationship by one of the family’s children.
According to police reports, a family from Goldsboro, N.C., was targeted with messages of hate and an arson attack on their vehicle because the family’s teenage daughter is in an interracial relationship with an African-American teenager. Police are currently investigating the attack as a hate crime.
“This racist attack must be condemned by all Americans who abhor the troubling rise in bigotry nationwide in recent years,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
He noted an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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The Washington-based civil rights organization and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and many other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.
Earlier this year, CAIR called for a hate crime probe of a bomb threat targeting a North Carolina Nation of Islam mosque.
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.