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CAIR-MN Condemns Racist Graffiti, Vandalism in County Washington, Calls for Updated Hate Crime Law

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/23/21) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today condemned racist graffiti and vandalism in rural Washington county and called for updated hate crime laws.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two incidents of vandalism, including one incident in Scandia, where a car was spray-painted with what appears to be a Nazi swastika, and a second in May Township in which “Stop Asian Hate” and “Black Lives Matter” signs were torn down.

SEE: Racist Graffiti, Vandalism Reported In Rural Washington County

“We call on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate these disturbing incidents as hate crimes and to devote all resources necessary to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “Our state’s lawmakers must show that they take the growing number of hate crimes seriously by passing legislation to update how hate incidents are reported and handled.” 

He noted that in May, CAIR-MN joined the Moorhead Muslim community in forgiving the individual who allegedly vandalized a local mosque with hate graffiti and invited him – along with his family – to visit the mosque.

SEE: CAIR-MN Condemns Racist Graffiti, Vandalism in County Washington, Calls for Updated Hate Crime Law

CAIR-MN’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.   

La misión de CAIR-MN es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.   

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein,612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com; CAIR-MN Community Advocacy Manager Zaynab Mohamed, 612-229-5585, Zmohamed@cair.com  

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