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CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Vandalism of Plaque at African Burial Ground Monument

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/5/18) — The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned hate vandalism discovered Thursday evening on a plaque at the historical African Burial Ground National Monument in lower Manhattan. 

The racist language, which included “Kill N——,” was scrolled in black marker on the monument plaque at the burial ground holding the remains of some 15,000 Africans in colonial New York, many of whom were enslaved. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.

SEE: African Burial Ground Monument Vandalized with Racial Slur

“This act represents the growing racism impacting the African-American and other minority communities in our nation. The enslaved people buried at this historic site deserve a final resting place of peace, dignity and respect. We stand in solidarity with the African-American community and urge the swift apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrator,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.

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

Individuals in New York are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/

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.

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