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CAIR Condemns Hate Incidents Targeting Utah Hispanic Family, Asian Business

(WASHINGTON D.C., 7/16/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned two incidents of racist harassment targeting a Hispanic family and an Asian business in Utah.

In Weber County, the Hispanic family received an anonymous hate letter filled with racist comments and stereotypes, including “Go back to Mexico. That’s where you belong. Adios.”

SEE: Hispanic family in Weber County receives anonymous angry, racist letter’

In Cottonwood Heights, Utah, police are searching for a man accused of screaming racial slurs and threatening an Asian business owner.

SEE: Police investigating possible hate crime at Asian business

“Hate incidents targeting minority communities must be repudiated by all those who stand against the growing racism, xenophobia and white supremacy we are witnessing in Utah and nationwide,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Yesterday, CAIR urged Utah officials to drop a hate crime enhancement for a teenage college student who allegedly stomped on a “Back the Blue” sign and “smirked” at a sheriff’s deputy in that state. CAIR also condemned racist “white lives matter” and neo-Nazi vandalism of a parking lot at a Utah high school.

SEE: CAIR Urges Utah Officials to Drop Hate Crime Enhancement for College Student Who Stomped on ‘Back the Blue’ Sign, ‘Smirked’ at Officer

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

SEE: CAIR Condemns Proposed North Carolina Ban on Anti-Racism Teaching

CAIR’s 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.    

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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