For Immediate Release
CAIR Calls on President-Elect Trump to Repudiate Attacks on Muslim Women by His Supporters
WASHINGTON - The Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President-elect Donald Trump to repudiate alleged attacks on Muslim students at universities in Louisiana and California reportedly by some of his supporters.
A Muslim student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was attacked two men, one of whom was wearing a hat emblazoned with "Trump."
In California, a student who was wearing an Islamic head scarf (hijab) was confronted by two men who made comments about President-elect Trump and Muslims.
SEE: Police Investigate Attacks on Muslim Students at Universities (NY Times)
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Other reports of anti-Muslim incidents involving apparent Trump supporters surfaced nationwide, including "Trump" graffiti on a Muslim prayer room at a New York University, and a reported attack on a Muslim woman in New Mexico by a Trump supporter.
"If President-elect Trump truly wishes to be the leader of all Americans, he must begin unifying the nation by repudiating the type of bigotry generated by his campaign for the White House," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "Unless Mr. Trump speaks out forcefully against hate attacks by his supporters, they will take his silence as tacit endorsement of their actions."
Hooper noted that former President George W. Bush and President Obama both repudiated anti-Muslim bigotry.
Yesterday, CAIR issued a statement calling on President-elect Donald Trump to respect the rights of all Americans.
WATCH: CAIR News Conference with U.S. Muslim, Interfaith Leaders Reacting to Election of Donald Trump as President
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated to contact local police and CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
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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.