(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/4/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged state and federal law enforcement authorities in Virginia to bring hate crime charges against a woman who allegedly used racial slurs in an incident in which she reportedly threatened an African-American family with a shotgun.
According to media reports, the woman allegedly threatened the African-American couple and their four young children as they strolled past her home in Winchester, Va. According to the Winchester Star, “She then called us n—–s and [said] to shut the (expletive) up and get on your own street n—–s. . .She then asked someone else who was in the house to pass her the shotgun.”
The woman was charged with a misdemeanor for brandishing a weapon. The incident is not currently being treated as a hate crime, which is defined under Virginia law as a criminal act carried out because of a person’s “race, religion or ethnic origin.”
“It is important that law enforcement authorities investigate the apparent bias motive for this incident and bring appropriate charges,” said CAIR Communications Manager Naaz Modan. “This alleged attack and the increasing hate incidents nationwide are part of a dangerous trend targeting minorities.”
She said CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
The Washington-based civil rights organization and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and many other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.
The Washington-based civil rights organization has repeatedly expressed concern about white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.