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CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Hate Crime Probe of ‘Sand [N-Word]’ Vandalism Targeting Muslim Business in Wisconsin

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2/10/19) – – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate hate vandalism targeting a Muslim business in La Crosse, Wis. 

On Friday. Feb. 8, the Muslim owner found the words, “Sand [N-word] Mike,” spray-painted on the front of his building. The business owner’s nickname is “Mike.”

SEE: Wisconsin Muslim Business Targeted by Islamophobic Hate Vandalism

Racial slur spray-painted on La Crosse business

“We call on political and religious leaders in Wisconsin to denounce this hateful act targeting a Muslim Business owner and urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate it as a possible hate crime,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. 

He noted that CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Nazi Hate Vandalism, Arson Targeting Jewish Institution

CAIR-Pittsburgh Welcomes Resignation of School Official Over Anti-Muslim Post

CAIR Asks Feds to Charge Men Accused in Bomb Plot Targeting New York Muslim Community

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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