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CAIR-Minnesota Calls on Department of Human Rights to Probe Discriminatory Business Policy Targeting Somalis

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/9/18) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to investigate an alleged discriminatory policy directive by the owner of Scream Town targeting Somali-American customers.  

In a Facebook post the Scream Town’s owner wrote: “Note that we are having a zero tolerance policy with Somalis. (Other guests, you make your best judgement call). But absolutely zero tolerance with Somalis.”

“We urge the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to investigate the clear violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act by this discriminatory business policy targeting an ethnic and religious minority,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.

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

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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-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-206-3360,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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