(Baltimore, Md., 8/13/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned hate symbols and racist graffiti spray-painted on at least 15 vehicles parked in a residential area in Maryland.
African-American residents of the Lochearn neighborhood of Baltimore County awoke on the morning of Aug. 10 to learn that their cars had been vandalized with Nazi swastikas and racial obscenities.
The incident, which has instilled fear among residents and is reportedly being investigated as a bias-motivated crime, occurred ahead of the one-year anniversary of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
It is the latest in a string of other disturbing incidents that CAIR has condemned in the state, including anti-Semitic flyers distributed to homes in Laurel and an anti-Semitic attack on two Jewish students at Towson University in Baltimore County.
“These crimes are partly a consequence of unchecked racism and bigotry that has increasingly plagued communities of color and religious minorities in America under the Trump administration,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “Cowards who conceal their identity and attempt to intimidate or attack others do not belong in a civilized society and their crimes must not be met with silence.”
On Friday, CAIR condemned the weekend’s planned ”˜Unite the Right 2’ Rally marking the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville rally which erupted in domestic acts of terrorism targeting anti-racist protestors in Virginia.
During Sunday’s #UnitedtoLove counter rally on the National Mall, Chaudry spoke of the need to defiantly stand up for one another.
CAIR’s 2018 Civil Rights Report, ”˜Targeted,’ recorded a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against Muslim Americans from 2016-17 and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same time period.
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.
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