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CAIR-DFW Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Arson and Vandalism Targeting Black Family

(DALLAS FORT-WORTH, TEXAS, 12/18/20) – The Dallas Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), a chapter of the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate as a hate crime the arson and vandalism targeting a Black family who posted a Black Lives Matter sign.  

On December 17, the Gipson family called 911 to report that two of their vehicles were set on fire and that “Trump 2020” was spray-painted on their garage door. This was after a Black Lives Matter sign was put in their front yard after Thanksgiving and defaced with red paint within two weeks. Hate crimes today are at alarming rates, and many are never reported.  

SEE: Black family in Texas says cars set on fire, ‘Trump 20’ painted on house due to BLM sign 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/black-family-texas-says-cars-set-fire-trump-20-painted-n1251595

“We stand in solidarity with the Gipson family that was terrorized by this act of hate and call on law enforcement authorities to investigate this disturbing incident as a hate crime,” said Faizan Syed, Executive Director of CAIR-DFW. “This family’s sense of security and peace of mind has been stolen from them. We are encouraging our community to donate to help them cover the costs of what they lost.” 

SEE: FBI Report Shows US Hate Crimes Reached the Highest Level Since 2008 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/11/16/2019-us-hate-crimes-highest-mark-since-2008-fbi-report/6314908002/

The family created a GoFundMe page to collect funds to recover the damages to their home and property. The page currently has $18,352 raised and is seeking $50,000. 

SEE: Jayla Gipson 

https://www.gofundme.com/f/jayla-gipson

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. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, Executive Director (469)290-2909, faizan@cairdfw.org

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