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CAIR Condemns Racist Vandalism in Cincinnati Suburb

(CINCINNATI, 8/24/17) – The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned racist vandalism targeting residents in Green Township, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Vandals damaged three cars with spray painted graffiti, including “KKK.” The rest was so offensive that media outlets were not able to share the images. Vehicle tail lights were also smashed. Green Township Police are investigating this as a hate crime.

See: KKK graffiti on cars investigated as a hate crime in Green Twp

Last week KKK flyers were distributed in a different Green Township neighborhood. Township police do not think the two incidents are related.

“All incidents of racist, white supremacist vandalism must be taken seriously and investigated vigorously,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub. “These types of crimes are on the increase since Trump was elected president and are especially damaging to the sense of community.”

CAIR 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 other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.

The Washington-based civil rights organization encourages anyone with any information on these crimes to contact Crime Stoppers, (513) 352-3040, or Green Township Police, (513) 574-0007.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.  Its 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, email: kdabdoub@cair.com; Sana Hassan, Staff Attorney, 513-281-8200, email: shassan@cair.com

 

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