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CAIR-MI Asks Feds to Probe Hate Crimes Against African-American Family

cair logos michigan(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 7/27/2017) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a series of hate crimes against an African-American family in the Flint area.

An African American family in the Flint suburb of Burton recently had their home firebombed in the latest of three attacks on their home. Prior to this most recent attack, the family had “KKK” spray-painted on their home. Burton Police are currently investigating the latest incident.

SEE: Burton Family Victims of Possible Hate Crime for the Third Time (WJRT)

“We call on federal law enforcement authorities to join local police in thoroughly investigating these apparent crimes of hate taking place in Burton,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.

Walid notes that KKK and other hate groups have a prolific history in Michigan and appear to have made a resurgence throughout the entire country since President Donald Trump won the Republican presidential nomination last year.

SEE: Donald Trump’s Rise Has Coincided with an Explosion of Hate Groups (The Nation)

CAIR and the American Muslim community have 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, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.

In response to the increase in hate incidents targeting all minority groups since the election of Donald Trump, CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app    

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-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, dwalid@cair.com, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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