(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/27/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemned a racist banner hung in Idaho and supported hate crime legislation in South Carolina.
In Boise, Idaho, a white supremacist banner containing racist and derogatory wording was taken down from an overpass on Interstate 84. The group Patriot Front publicly took responsibility for the incident as they self-promoted the banner on their social media.
Patriot Front is regarded as hate group and was founded by Thomas Rousseau, a former leader of a neo-Nazi group. He published a manifesto that includes “a call for the formation of a white ethnostate.” Police say they are seeing an increase of activity in Boise from Patriot Front.
SEE: White supremacist group boasts on social media about hanging banner from Boise overpass
In South Carolina, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a hate-crimes bill this month that would increase penalties for crimes based on race, gender or sexual orientation. South Carolina remains one of only three states that do not have hate-crime laws.
SEE: Greenville County lawmaker opposes hate crimes bill in SC, among only 3 states without law
“CAIR welcomes all law enforcement and legislative efforts taken to combat anti-Black racism and white supremacy in our communities, as well as holding individuals responsible for racist intimidation and violence,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.
SEE: CAIR Marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day (1/27), Condemns Rise in White Supremacism and Anti-Semitism
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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.