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CAIR Responds to Racist, Islamophobic Incidents in North Carolina, Vermont

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/10/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned an alleged racist incident in Vermont in which a man reportedly shouted racist slurs at a white woman and her biracial daughter and an incident in North Carolina in which a woman allegedly ripped off a Muslim woman’s Islamic scarf (hijab) and assaulted a Black teenager.

CAIR, the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said that in the Vermont incident, the alleged harasser shouted “f— negro child,” “white power,” and “African f—,” as the victim and her child left a post office.

SEE: Winooski man accused of racist verbal assault faces hate crime charge

https://vtdigger.org/2020/07/09/winooski-man-accused-of-racist-verbal-assault-faces-hate-crime-charge/

In North Carolina, a woman allegedly attacked Muslim woman wearing hijab and a 14-year-old girl who was Black “after yelling racial slurs.”

Witness: Woman in Asheville racist video rant ripped off hijab, grabbed Black teen’s groin

https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2020/07/10/woman-asheville-racist-video-rants-ripped-off-hijab-grabbed-groin-witness/3286645001/

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

“Americans of all backgrounds must be able to go about their daily lives without fear of harassment by bigots. Everyone in our society must take a proactive role in pushing back against the rising tide of racism and white supremacy we are witnessing nationwide.”

Hooper added that CAIR chapters nationwide are responding to similar racist incidents.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Racist Graffiti in Saranac Lake, N.Y., Supports Hate Crime Probe

CAIR-Ohio Calls for Independent Probe of Racism Allegations Against West Chester Township Police Chief Joel Herzog

CAIR Sacramento Valley Condemns White Nationalist Flyers Posted in Placerville

He noted that CAIR recently also condemned racist incidents in Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, and Vermont, saying such expressions of racism and white supremacy are “unfortunately a daily occurrence.”

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

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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