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CAIR-MI Calls for Ethnic Intimidation Charges in Ypsilanti Home ‘Sand (N-Word)’ Vandalism

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 2/26/19) – The Michigan chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Washtenaw County Prosecutor to charge a suspect in the vandalism of a home of an Arab American in Ypsilanti under the state’s ethnic intimidation statute. 

Early Thursday morning, an Arab American in Ypsilanti reportedly discovered the racial slur “sand (n-word)” spray-painted on his garage door.  The Washtenaw County Sherriff’s Office states that it has a suspect for this crime and believe that the perpetrator knows the victim. Washtenaw County Sherriff’s office, however, states that the vandalism of the victim’s home with the racial slur was not motivated by racial or ethnic animus.

SEE: Arab-American Man’s Home Vandalized by Racial Slur (Michigan Daily)

“We call on the Washtenaw County Prosecutor to treat this recent vandalism in which a despicable racial slur was used as an act prosecutable under our state’s ethnic intimidation law,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “This crime clearly fits in the guidelines of a crime meant to intimidate or harass someone based on their ethnicity as any vandalism at an Arab-American’s home using the slur ”˜sand (n-word)’ has clear racist import.”

Walid also stated that given a series of recent hate crimes against Muslims throughout America, prosecutors have the responsibility to charge suspects under hate crimes statutes to serve as deterrents that such crimes are completely unacceptable in our society. 

Last week, CAIR welcomed murder charges brought against the man who allegedly shot to death an Indiana Muslim, reportedly while shouting Islamophobic slurs.

Video: CAIR Welcomes Murder Charges in Shooting of Indiana Muslim by Man Shouting Islamophobic Slurs

CAIR 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-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418,


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