(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/7/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on federal authorities to take strong measures against the threat of white supremacy based a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) threat assessment concluded that white supremacists remain the deadliest domestic terror threat to the United States.
This DHS report comes a week after President Trump refused to condemn The Proud Boys – a white nationalist and neo-fascist hate group well known for anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric. Homeland security concluded, “Among DVEs (domestic violent extremists), racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists – specifically white supremacist extremists (WSE’s) will remain the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland.”
SEE: White Supremacists Remain Deadliest US Terror Threat, Homeland Security Report Says
SEE: Homeland Security Threat Assessment
CAIR Condemns Trump’s Call for White Supremacist, Islamophobic Group Proud Boys to ‘Stand By’
“We welcome the fact that federal authorities now recognize that the deadliest domestic terror threat to the United States is white supremacy. However, authorities have failed to take active measures to protect minority and immigrant communities from this lethal threat,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Unfortunately, challenging the threat of white supremacy to our nation is made more difficult when bigots feel empowered by rhetoric and policies emanating from the Oval Office.”
He noted that Washington, D.C., based CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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The American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.
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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.”
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com