(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 strongly condemned the vandalism of a mural memorializing George Floyd in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The pop art-style portrait of George Floyd’s face was covered with black tar Sunday. The Salt Lake City Police Department opened an investigation into the vandalism and whether the actions constituted a hate crime. The artists have since repaired the painting.
SEE: SLCPD investigating George Floyd mural vandalism as potential hate crime
CAIR also condemned a white supremacy banner hung on I-380 overpass in North Liberty, Iowa, on Juneteenth, the annual celebration of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Drivers saw a banner that read “Reclaim America,” and “Patriot Front US.”
[NOTE: Patriot Front is a white supremacist group founded in 2017.]
SEE: White supremacist banner hung in North Liberty on Juneteenth
In a statement by CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper: “We must come together as a nation to condemn and repudiate white supremacy and anti-Black racism.”
CAIR has recently condemned other incidents of white supremacist propaganda in eastern Iowa during recent years involving the neo-Nazi group National Alliance.
SEE: CAIR Condemns Distribution of White Supremacist Materials in Iowa, Racist Threat in Virginia
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com