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CAIR Condemns Racist Incident in New Mexico, Welcomes Hate Crime Charges in Virginia and Wisconsin

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/29/2020) –The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned racist incident in New Mexico and welcomed hate crime charges in Virginia and Wisconsin.   

In Albuquerque, N.M., a woman reportedly walked out of a store to find the “N-Word” written on her vehicle. She was told security cameras did not capture the vandalism.   

SEE: Albuquerque woman discovers racist word tagged on her vehicle

In Virginia, CAIR welcomed hate crime charges against Jason M. Verlander, 31, who was charged with terrorizing Rev. Booker D. Carter Sr. and his wife. They were allegedly victims of racial slurs, aggressive driving and had an object thrown at them.       

SEE: Verlander to appear on hate crime charges  

CAIR welcomed hate crime charges against a man accused of attacking a Black family outside of a Woodman’s in Madison, Wisc.   

David Lythjohan’s charges of battery, disorderly conduct and child abuse were upgraded to hate crime charges. He was charged in Dane County Court on Tuesday. The victim told police Lythjohan opened her car door and punched her after banging on her car window. The woman reportedly kicked him in response. Police said, the woman’s children who were in the store, saw the incident and ran to the car to help her.   

SEE: Suspect in Woodman’s attack on Black family being charged with hate crime  

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:     

“The constant drumbeat of hate we are witnessing nationwide should be of concern to all Americans who value a society based on justice and equality.”   

Washington-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.   

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner   

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292,

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