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CAIR Condemns ‘Sand N**ger,‘ ‘Trump’ Vandalism of N.C. Muslim City Council Candidate’s Sign

screenshot 2017 10 06 13 56 48 270(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/17) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned hate vandalism targeting a Muslim political candidate’s campaign sign in North Carolina.

Someone vandalized a campaign sign for Zainab Baloch, a candidate for Raleigh City Council, by spray-painting the words “Trump” and “sand n**ger,” along with a crude Nazi swastika across the sign with a photo of Baloch’s face.

SEE: Racial Slur, ”˜Trump’ Painted on Campaign Sign of Muslim Raleigh Candidate

Muslim Raleigh City Council Candidate Zainab Baloch Says Defacement of Her Sign Won’t Stop Her Campaign

“This type of hate incident seeks to prevent positive civic engagement by all our nation’s citizens, thereby undermining the very foundation of democracy,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Americans across the political spectrum must condemn this hate-filled act of intimidation.”

Earlier today, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate repeated “kill ”˜em all” vandalism targeting a Muslim business in New Mexico.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of ”˜Kill ”˜em All’ Vandalism Targeting New Mexico Muslim Business

Yesterday, CAIR’s Oregon chapter called on law enforcement authorities in Portland to investigate a threatening message targeting Muslims.

SEE: CAIR-Oregon Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Message Threatening Muslims

Also yesterday, CAIR’s Washington state chapter condemned multiple instances of Islamophobic fliers and graffiti found on the Western Washington University campus in Bellingham, Wash.

SEE: CAIR-WA Condemns Islamophobic Fliers, Graffiti Found on Western Washington University Campus

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting members of minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

CAIR: 2017 on Track to Becoming One of the Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

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:       

CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:   

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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