(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/7/09) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported today that vandals spray-painted “go home sand n**ger” and Nazi swastikas on a truck owned by an Idaho Muslim. The victim also found a racist flier from the Aryan Nations on his lawn.
CAIR is calling on the FBI to assist local police in their investigation of the hate crime.
“This incident is apparently part of a pattern of hate crimes targeting people of all faiths and ethnicities in the area,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “The FBI should add its resources to those of local police to help protect the entire community from bias-motivated attacks.”
Other local bias incidents included a noose left on a Spokane doorstep, a racist sticker stuck to the door of a Coeur d’Alene human rights center and attacks on and harassment of Hispanics, African-Americans and Native Americans.
SEE: Vandals Leave Racist Message (Spokesman-Review)
Last week, CAIR’s Sacramento chapter held a news conference with community and interfaith leaders to call on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism at the West Sacramento Islamic Community Center.
SEE: Sacramento Mosque Vandalized (Video)
CAIR also reported that a mosque in Oregon had been vandalized with hate graffiti in November.
SEE: Oregon Mosque Targeted with Hate Graffiti
On December 3, the Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization released its annual report on the status of American Muslim civil rights. That report, titled “Seeking Full Inclusion,” showed an increase in the number of bias-related incidents in 2008.
SEE: CAIR News Conference on U.S. Muslim Civil Rights (Video)
To view the entire “Seeking Full Inclusion” report, go here.
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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org