(SAN DIEGO, CA, 3/9/10) The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) today commended California State University, San Marcos (CSU San Marcos) for investigating the recent graffiti found last week in several campus bathrooms as a hate crime.
Last Wednesday, students reported to the university police that hate graffiti was found on one of the stalls of the women’s bathroom in Markstein Hall.Three more incidents of hate graffiti was found in other women’s bathrooms around campus.The hate graffiti made derogatory statements toward Muslim, Latino, LGBT, and African American students and included a drawing of a noose.
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“We commend CSU San Marcos for swiftly investigating these hate-motivated incidents,” says CAIR-San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida.“We are very troubled and concerned about the growing trend of hate-motivated incidents occurring at San Diego universities and ask administrators to insure that their campuses provide a safe environment for their students.”
Similar hate-motivated incidents occurred at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD)’s campus when a fraternity allegedly held a party known as the “Compton Cookout,” which mocked Black History Month. Several other incidents occurred two weeks later.
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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida, 619.913.0719 or 858.278.4547, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org