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CAIR Condemns Neo-Nazi Vandalism in Tennessee, Racist Hate Crime in Wisconsin

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/14/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemned both vandalism defacing the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga, Tenn., with Nazi swastikas and a hate crime in which a woman allegedly left a racist card on at least two vehicles in Manitowoc, Wisc.   

The Chattanooga Police Department is investigating the Tennessee vandalism to see if a hate crime can be filed.  

UPDATE: Walnut Street Bridge, portions of Bluff View defaced with swastikas; Chattanooga PD investigating 

https://www.wrcbtv.com/story/42621818/update-walnut-street-bridge-portions-of-bluff-view-defaced-with-swastikas-chattanooga-pd-investigating

In Manitowoc, someone reported finding a red card on their car that appeared to be a hunting license to hunt Black people and included a racial slur. Police are recommending charging the alleged perpetrator with one felony count of making terrorist threats-as a hate crime.  

SEE: Woman arrested for hate crime at Manitowoc Walmart, suspected of leaving cards on cars with racial slurs 

https://www.htrnews.com/story/news/2020/09/14/manitowoc-walmart-hate-crime-police-arrest-two-rivers-woman/5792113002/

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:     

“We condemn any actions that threaten or target members of minority communities and urge swift action to show that Americans stand against anti-Black racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacist intimidation.”    

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.      

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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.              

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com    

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