WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, welcomed a hate crime probe of a noose hung near the tour bus of musician Lyle Lovett who was performing Sunday night in Billings, Mont. The touring group has four black members.
[NOTE: Nooses are often displayed by bigots to intimidate community members through use of a symbol of historic lynchings of Black people.]
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“We welcome the hate crime probe of this incident as an indication that law enforcement authorities are taking potentially bias-motivated actions seriously,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We must never ignore or excuse the rising level of racism, white supremacy and other forms of bigotry we are witnessing nationwide.”
He said Washington, D.C., based CAIR and the American Muslim community stand in solidarity with all those challenging antisemitism, systemic anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Manager Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, firstname.lastname@example.org