(NEW YORK, N.Y. 6/5/2020) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the circulation of an aggressively racist, anti-Chinese flyer in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge neighborhood and urged an investigation to identify and hold accountable those responsible.
A photograph of the offensive poster depicts multiple racist comments targeting the Asian community. Across the top in bold, the poster reads “Chinese are Destroying Bay Ridge” and goes on to claim that the Chinese community runs “dirty” businesses and “prostitution” fronts. It further suggests that “Chinese immigration” is responsible for the spread of the Coronavirus, claiming that adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols amounts to succumbing “to these unhygienic [Chinese] people who spread this disease.”
SEE: Photo of Anti-Chinese Poster
In a statement, CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher said:
“Ever since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, CAIR-NY has been appalled by the rampant threats, attacks and racist abuse of Chinese and other East-Asian communities in New York City and nationally. These hate incidents have now become commonplace, and we find this intensifying language extremely dangerous. CAIR-NY stands in solidarity with the Asian community and calls for an investigation into the origins of this poster.”
CAIR-NY is committed to combating anti-Asian racism and violence as they continue to intensify in New York City:
CAIR-NY’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR-NY es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: Afaf Nasher, Esq. Executive Director, CAIR-NY, 917-669-4006, firstname.lastname@example.org, Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY Litigation Director, 646-481-2103, email@example.com