(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/13/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the reappearance of racist and anti-Muslim stickers in Johnston, R.I.
The anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and anti-African American stickers were reported to law enforcement on December 12, more than one week after similar stickers were taken down. Reports indicate the racist stickers, stating “It’s okay to be white,” “White Lives Matter” and other bigoted themes, were found across the town. One sticker showed an image of the middle finger pointing at a Jewish Star of David.
“The reappearance of these racist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic stickers is a reflection of the growing bigotry we have witnessed since Donald Trump’s election,” said CAIR Communications Manager Naaz Modan. “It is important for law enforcement authorities to investigate and identify the individuals responsible for spreading these hate-filled messages.”
“We’re appalled by this flagrant and public display of bigotry,” said CAIR-MA Executive Director John Robbins. “We’re encouraging anyone with information about the incident to contact their local law enforcement office.”
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry and hate crimes since the election of Donald Trump as president.
Last week, CAIR decried racist graffiti found in a bathroom at a university in California. Just one week before that, CAIR decried racist graffiti found on an African-American mural.
The Washington-based civil rights organization and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and many other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.