(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/2/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned white supremacist graffiti in Vermont and Nebraska.
Police say the symbol used at the Waterbury Dam in Vermont connects the graffiti to the white supremacist group Patriot Front.
SEE: Vermont State Police investigating white supremacist graffiti
CAIR also condemned graffiti of Nazi swastikas and other racist symbols painted on grass at Zorinsky Lake Park in Omaha, Neb.
See: Mayor: OPD investigating Zorinsky Lake Park graffiti as hate crime
In a statement, CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said:
“Community responses to hate incidents must show that we all stand against bigotry and that we will not allow displays of racism in our communities.”
She said CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism and white supremacy. CAIR recently unveiled a Black Lives Matter banner containing the names of hundreds of victims of racist police violence, including George Floyd on its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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Ajeen noted that the Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Trump as president.
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CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com