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CAIR Condemns Racist Hate Attack on Black Man in Iowa

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/20/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an allegedly racially-motivated assault of a black man by two white males in Des Moines, Iowa. The assailants have since been charged with hate crimes.

On April 17, the alleged assailants approached a black man in his car and reportedly attacked him while yelling racial slurs. The alleged victim suffered serious bruising and cuts. According to police, at least one of the alleged assailants is a member of a white supremacist gang.

SEE: 2 Des Moines men, one linked to a white supremacist gang, charged with hate crimes after allegedly assaulting a Black man

Two Des Moines men charged with committing hate crime after assault, yelling slurs

“The unfortunate growth of white supremacy, systemic anti-Black racism and other forms of bigotry nationwide inevitably leads to bias-motivated attacks as reported in this case,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “All Americans must take on the duty of challenging and repudiating hate whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head.”

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 Condemns Racist Materials Posted in Rhode Island

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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,   

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