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CAIR Welcomes Civil Rights Complaint for Racist KKK Vandalism Targeting Pakistani-American in Maine

(WASHINGTON D.C., 9/17/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a civil rights complaint filed against two teenage girls for racist vandalism allegedly targeting a Pakistani-American in Bangor, Maine.

The civil rights complaint was filed under the Maine Civil Rights Act. In August, racist slurs and messages including reference to the KKK and the N-word were reportedly spray-painted on the man’s car.

SEE: Bangor man files complaint against teens for vandalizing car with racist phrases

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CAIR previously called for hate crime charges in the case.

SEE: CAIR Urges Hate Crime Charges for Racist Vandalism Targeting Pakistani-American in Maine

“We welcome the civil rights complaint as an indication that this disturbing incident is being treated with the seriousness it deserves,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Every American should feel safe from racist hate and intimidation in their community.”

He noted that in July, CAIR released a mid-year report highlighting anti-Muslim incidents that occurred during the first seven months of 2021.

SEE: Advocacy group publishes mid-year report highlighting spike in anti-Muslim crimes and bias

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Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.    

CAIR’s 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.     

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,     

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