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CAIR Condemns KKK Recruiting in Indiana, Harassment of Asian-American in Wisconsin, Joins Call for Hate Crime Probe in Iowa

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/19/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a series of recent racist incidents in Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa, and said growing bigotry nationwide needs to be challenged by America’s leaders.

CAIR condemned the distribution of plastic sandwich bags filled with flyers preaching white supremacy and painted with the letters “KKK” in Tippecanoe County, Ind. 

That incident occurred over the weekend and follows a similar a pattern of recruiting materials distributed in Greater Lafayette earlier this year.

SEE: KKK recruiting fliers dumped near Battle Ground, faith leaders rally to stand with targeted families

CAIR also condemned the harassment of Asian-American shoppers in Wisconsin who were allegedly targeted because of their race and verbally attacked for wearing masks. The Stevens Point Police Department reported members of the Stevens Point Hmong and Asian community have seen an increase in harassment since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SEE: Stevens Point police accuse man of harassing grocery shoppers for wearing masks while Asian

The Washington-based civil rights organization is also joining a call for a hate crime probe of an assault against an African-American man in Des Moines, Iowa.

SEE: Police Investigating After 22-Year-Old Says White Men Broke Face In 5 Places

“Almost every day, we are witnessing racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and white supremacist incidents taking place nationwide,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “This growing bigotry needs to be acknowledged and challenged by our nation’s leaders.”

He noted that 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.

CAIR recently launched an online information portal offering vital information on the growing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on American Muslims and the entire society.


Every day (M-F), CAIR hosts a live 30-minute “Daily Dose: COVID Conversations with CAIR” at 3 p.m. (ET) on Facebook featuring spiritual leaders, health care professionals, counselors, experts, community advocates, and CAIR leaders from around the country.


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 Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,

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