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CAIR Condemns Racist Harassment of Asian-American Doctor in Indiana

(WASHINGTON, DC., 4/2/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the alleged racist harassment of a Kentucky-born physician of Korean descent who said he was kicked out of a gas station in Martinsville, Ind., apparently because of his race and fears over COVID-19.

The doctor said an employee at the station yelled at him and prevented him from coming inside. A gas station employee reportedly told police that the business would not allow people of “Chinese” descent inside the store in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

SEE: Louisville doctor of Korean descent says he was kicked out of Indiana gas station because of his race and fears over COVID-19

Gas station owner apologizes after Asian customer berated by clerk

Doctor Says He Was Refused Service at Indiana Gas Station for Being Asian In Coronavirus-Related Racism: ‘Never Come Back’

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hoopersaid:

“We condemn the apparent bigoted motivation for this troubling incident and once again express our solidarity with the Asian-American community as it comes under repeated attack based on the racism that is promoted even from the highest level of our society.”

He noted that last month, CAIR condemned President Trump’s use of the racist dog whistle “Chinese virus” about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s Use of Racist Dog Whistle ‘Chinese Virus’

In past weeks, CAIR has condemned several coronavirus related hate incidents.

SEE: CAIR-Houston Seeks Hate Crimes Charges for Attack Targeting Asian Family

CAIR-NY Condemns Another Anti-Asian Coronavirus-Related Hate Crime

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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,