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CAIR Responds to Racist Incidents in Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/7/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today responded to racist incidents in Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, and Vermont, saying such expressions of racism and white supremacy are “unfortunately a daily occurrence.”

SEE: Black Americans Report Hate Crimes, Violence in Wake of George Floyd Protests and Black Lives Matter Gains

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/07/07/black-americans-report-hate-crimes-amid-black-lives-matter-gains/3259241001/

A Bloomington, Ind., Black man says he was assaulted and almost lynched by a group of white people on July 4. The alleged victim said he was beaten and pinned against a tree by a group of white people who had been harassing and following his group of lunar eclipse-watchers near Lake Monroe. He says he was released when bystanders gathered, but not before one of alleged assailants called for “a noose.” 

SEE: Investigation Ongoing After Alleged ‘Attempted Lynching’ Caught on Film in Indiana

CAIR condemned racist counter-protesters caught on camera during an Elizabethton, Tenn., Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday. In a video, a counter-protester says, “White lives matter, white lives are better.”

SEE: Racist Remarks Go Viral After Black Lives Matter Protest in East Tennessee

CAIR welcomed the arrest of a Virginia man accused of posting QR code stickers directing people to a New York-based blog for neo-Nazis when scanned by a camera.

Police: Virginia Man Posts Stickers to Spread Neo Nazi Blog

CAIR also called for the resignation of a Vermont court office manager who reportedly said, “Have you ever lived in the South? Because I have. And there are tons of them there. They walk around like THEY are superior/better than US,” as Black Lives Matter protesters walked by the St. Johnsbury court in June.

SEE: Complaint Filed Over Court Official’s Alleged Racist Remarks 

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:

“All Americans should be concerned that acts and expressions of racism and white supremacy are unfortunately a daily occurrence due in large part to the bigotry and divisive rhetoric spewed by those at the highest levels of our society. Everyone who values mutual respect and constitutional protections must join in speaking out against anti-Black racism and bigotry.”

He said CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism and white supremacy.

CAIR recently unveiled a Black Lives Matter banner containing the names of hundreds of victims of racist police violence, including George Floyd on its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Video: CAIR Marks Anniversary of George Floyd’s Killing with Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner 

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR-Minnesota Condemns Racist Depiction of Duluth Mayor, City Council Members

CAIR-Minnesota Condemns Racist Depiction of Duluth Mayor, City Council Members

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com

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