(SAN DIEGO, CA., 2/3/2021) – The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SD) today supported city leaders in condemning a hate crime targeting the Black community and at the Black Live Matter movement. Last week in the Hillcrest Neighborhood, a suspect vandalized two “Black Lives Matter” signs; at University Christian Church and at Rich’s Nightclub.
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As Mayor Todd Gloria stated, “This was more than vandalism. This was an attack on our community.” he added that hate and bigotry towards anyone in the city will not be tolerated and those responsible for such acts will be held accountable.
In a statement, CAIR-SD Operations & Development Manager Omair Khan said:
“We appreciate the swift response by the mayor, the San Diego police chief, and other community leaders in condemning this act of racism. We hope that law enforcement authorities bring the perpetrators to justice. We also expect city leadership to show the same level of urgency in all future incidents of racism and hate.
“This incident should serve as a reminder that racial violence and prejudice against communities of color did not disappear with the removal of the previous White House administration. Unfortunately, there are many citizens who still harbor resentment toward communities of color, immigrants, and Muslims.
“It pains us to witness such racist incidents, especially during Black History Month, when we are focused on honoring Black Lives and their contributions to civil rights and justice.”
Khan urged community members to report any racially fueled remarks or actions to CAIR-SD’s Civil Rights Department by filing a report here.
CAIR-SD is a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.
CONTACT: CAIR-SD Operations & Development Manager Omair Khan, 619-880-4601 or firstname.lastname@example.org