(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/14/2017) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned recent racists incidents in Idaho and Virginia as part of the “rising tide of bigotry in our nation.”
In Virginia, a group of white supremacists carried torches in Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of Confederate statues in that city.
In Idaho, racist and anti-Semitic slurs were found on tablets at Boise’s Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.
In a statement, CAIR said:
“These incidents are further evidence of the rising tide of bigotry in our nation that inevitably results in hate rhetoric and hate crimes targeting minority communities. American Muslims, who are themselves experiencing an unprecedented spike in Islamophobic attacks nationwide, condemn these most recent hate incidents and express solidarity with all those targeted by hate.”
Yesterday, CAIR’s Minnesota chapter welcomed a conviction for the bias-motivated attempted murder of Somali-American Muslim men last year.
Also last week, CAIR released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.
Also last week, CAIR welcomed the arrest of a suspect who allegedly threatened to kill worshipers at an Oregon mosque.
And CAIR’s New York chapter called on the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation Unit to step-up its investigation of a “suspicious” fire that damaged a building owned by the Lackawanna Islamic Mosque of Lackawanna, N.Y., injuring seven.
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR’S mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org