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CAIR-Houston Condemns Racist Vandalism, Arson Attack Targeting Home and Vehicle

chapter logos texas(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 12/31/16) – The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an arson attack and racist vandalism at a home in Highlands, Texas.

According to media reports, a Highlands homeowner awoke at 5 a.m. on Dec. 30 to find his SUV on fire and racial slurs spray-painted on the building and vehicle, including the phrase “N____ leave.” 

SEE: SUV burned, house spray-painted with N-word in Highlands

“We condemn this racist vandalism, especially in light of the divisive atmosphere in our nation,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll. “It is unacceptable that these types of racially-motivated incidents still happen.”

The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to an arrest.  The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

CAIR and the American Muslim community has in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.

CAIR's national headquarters in Washington, D.C. has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.

CAIR-Houston urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to their office by filing a report at: http://cairtexas.com/civil-rights/get-help

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, 832-549-1042, mcarroll@cair.com; CAIR Houston Communications Coordinator Ruth Nasrullah, rnasrullah@cair.com

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