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CAIR Renews Call for Arkansas Hate Crime Law After Anti-Asian Threats

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/30/2021) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today renewed its call for the adoption of a hate crime law in Arkansas following an increase in anti-Asian hate.

On March 13th, Arkansas Oaklawn Casino reported a violent encounter between a fire captain and an Asian-American man. The fire captain reportedly made racial remarks and allegedly threatened to kill casino visitor Liem Nguyen while waiting outside for an Uber.

SEE: Arkansas Casino Scene of Alleged Racist Comments to Asian-American 

Later last year, CAIR supported a proposed hate crime bills in Arkansas.  

SEE: CAIR Supports Hate Crime Bills in South Carolina, Arkansas

In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said:

“Xenophobia and racism are on the rise nationwide and pose a real threat to all minority communities. Anti-Asian hate surged in in the current pandemic due irresponsible and racist rhetoric such as the use of the term ‘China virus’ by many, including the former president.

“CAIR has supported the passage of hate crime bills in Arkansas, one of three states that still do not have laws addressing hate crimes or crimes committed with a bias motive.

“In order for violent incidents against Asian-Americans and all marginalized groups to end, more measures need to be taken at both the state and federal levels. It is unacceptable for these crimes to continue happening.

We urge Arkansas lawmakers to adopt a hate crime law to further combat Anti-Asian and other racially-motivated hate crimes.”

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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