(LOS ANGELES, CA – 8/11/2021) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today condemned the racist, xenophobic and bigoted rhetoric used against Orange County Board of Supervisor Andrew Do.
During the public comment portion of a Supervisorial Meeting on July 27 , an attendee who identified himself as Tyler Durden – a fictional character from the movie Fight Club – referred to Supervisor Do as a “parasite” and told him “You come to my country, and you act like one of these communist parasites, I ask you to go the f*** back to Vietnam.” His racist comment was followed by applause from the crowd.
“This is another example of the rampant rise of anti-AAPI hate rhetoric in Orange County. As a community that believes in equity and justice, we have a moral responsibility to speak out and condemn all forms of hate that have been aimed towards Supervisor Do and the AAPI community,” said Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of CAIR-LA.
In response to the racist incident that took place at the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting on July 27, CAIR-LA Policy and Advocacy Manager Fayaz Nawabi made a public comment at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Aug. 10, stating:
“I am here to speak out against the racist, bigoted, xenophobic and anti-AAPI rhetoric that was spewed out against Chairman Do at the recent Board of Supervisors meeting. CAIR-LA wants to make it clear that racism, bigotry, xenophobia and anti-AAPI hate should have no space in Orange County, regardless of where one falls on the political spectrum.”
CAIR-LA has been part of several rallies in Orange County to raise awareness of the rise of AAPI hate. These rallies have been attended by hundreds of members of the AAPI community.
CAIR’s national office today welcomed hate crime charges for an alleged bias-motivated assault on an Asian-American family over the weekend near Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes Hate Crime Charges for Anti-Asian Attack on Family in D.C.
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’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Social & Digital Manager Enjy El-Kadi, (714) 776-1847 or firstname.lastname@example.org