(WASHINGTON, D.C., – 3/19/2021) – The Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky) today expressed strong solidarity with the Asian-American community after mass shootings at three different businesses in the Atlanta area took the lives of eight people. At least six of the victims are reported to be Asian and seven of the eight victims are women.
In a statement, CAIR also called for a full hate crime investigation into the shooting, which occurred amid a rise in bias crimes targeting Asian-Americans since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CAIR Kentucky Chair Dr. Salah Shakir said in a statement today:
“CAIR-Kentucky strongly condemns the horrific shootings in Atlanta and expresses our solidarity with our Asian-American sisters and brothers who have been repeatedly targeted by hateful attacks in recent months and years. It is time for all public officials to confront the vile racism and irrational bigotry that is spreading like wildfire across our nation.”
Over the past year, CAIR has repeatedly spoken out against anti-Asian hate crime attacks that have taken place across the nation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.
CAIR-Georgia is part of is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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 Kentucky Chair Salah Shakir, (859) 545-0651, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com