(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/21/20)Â â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, todayÂ condemned a possible hate crime at a West Virginia high school basketball game.Â
Before the Wyoming East-Westside High School game in Clear Fork, W.V., a biracial player found aÂ drawing of a stick figure with his name on it hanging from a noose in the guest locker room.Â The same athlete had reportedly been targeted with racist chants before last yearâ€™sÂ Wyoming East-Westside game.
SEE:Â Possible hate crime under investigation ahead of Wyoming East- Westside basketball game
In a statement, CAIR NationalÂ Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said:Â
â€œWe urge the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department to take this situation seriously and investigate it as a possible hate crime. Students who target others for racist harassment or intimidation must be held accountable so this unacceptable behavior does not become normalized.â€Â
CAIR 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.
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CAIRâ€™s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.