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CAIR Condemns White Supremacist, Pro-Trump, Islamophobic Vandalism of New Mexico Indian Restaurant

Muslim civil rights group calls on president to speak out against growing racist, anti-immigrant and white supremacist attacks nationwide

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/23/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned white supremacist, pro-Trump, Islamophobic vandalism targeting an Indian restaurant in New Mexico.

On Monday, the owner of the India Palace restaurant in Santa Fe, N.M., found his business trashed and racist and white supremacist slurs such as “white power,” “sand n**ger” and “go home” spray-painted on the interior. [NOTE: Bigots often use the racist term “sand n**ger” to target Muslims and Arab-Americans.] The hate graffiti also included “Trump 2020.” Damage to the facility is estimated to be more than $100,000.

SEE: Downtown Restaurant Vandalized with White Supremacist Messages

“This disturbing hate attack once again demonstrates that growing white supremacy, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and racism target every minority community and must be challenged by people of all races, faiths and backgrounds,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We call on President Trump, whose name was used by the hate vandals, to stop promoting bigotry and division and instead seek to bring our nation together at this time of crisis.”

He noted that on Sunday, CAIR condemned President Trump’s racist anti-Somali national origin-based attack on Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), his bigoted use of anti-Asian terms to describe the COVID-19 global pandemic and his defense of statues honoring Confederate “traitors.”

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s Racist Attack on Muslim Congresswoman, Use of Anti-Asian ‘Kung Flu’ Term, Defense of Confederate ‘Traitors’

Yesterday, CAIR condemned an apparent anti-Black hate incident targeting African-American NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Hate Incident Targeting NASCAR Driver Bubba Wallace

For the past several months, CAIR has condemned multiple anti-Asian hate crime attacks that have taken place across the nation.

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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Hooper said CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism and white supremacy.

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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 Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,

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