(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/31/2021) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned threatening letters sent to Asian-Americans in Utah.
The letters celebrated the recent killings of Asian-Americans in Georgia and blamed Asians for the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they “need to go back to their countries. . .Spread the word or you may die.” Taylorsville, Utah, police are investigating the letters as a hate crime.
SEE: Utah police investigating threats in letter to some Asian Americans as hate crime
“We condemn this disturbing attempt to intimidate and harass the Asian-American community in Utah and urge community leaders and elected officials across the political spectrum to denounce the growing bigotry targeting the Asian and Pacific Islander communities,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Our nation’s leaders must speak out against the hate rhetoric associated with the ongoing pandemic that inevitably results in violent and potentially violent incidents.”
Yesterday, CAIR renewed its call for the adoption of a hate crime law in Arkansas following an increase in anti-Asian hate.
SEE: CAIR Renews Call for Arkansas Hate Crime Law After Anti-Asian Threats
CAIR’s New York chapter also condemned the latest in a series of hate crimes targeting the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.
SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Latest Anti-Asian Hate Crimes in Manhattan, Brooklyn
The American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy and all other forms of bigotry.
SEE: CAIR-LA Condemns Racist KKK Flyers Found Outside of Orange County Homes
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 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.