The San Francisco Bay Area Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), today welcomed a hate crime investigation concerning anti-Asian slurs spray-painted onto a San Leandro, Calif., home over the weekend.
Police responded to the first report of vandalism at 9 p.m. on Saturday, in which “a racial epithet within an anti-Asian message” was scrawled on a realtor sign marketing the property for sale. On Sunday, police arrived at 7 a.m. to find the same epithet painted on the home’s garage door.
The vandalism is being investigated as a hate crime because the realtor, property owner and recent tenants of the house are all of Asian descent.
“There is no room for any act of racist hate in our community and we welcome the hate crime investigation by law enforcement authorities,” said Sameena Usman, senior government relations coordinator for CAIR-SFBA. “We fully support our Asian community members and will work with all minority communities to ensure safe and inclusive neighborhoods.”
Anyone with information regarding the vandalism is urged to contact SLPD via any of the following methods: non-emergency line at 510-577-2740, anonymous tip line at 510-577-3278, or text-to-tip at 888777 (keyword: TipSLPolice).
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She added that CAIR-NY and the American Muslim community stand in solidarity with all those challenging white supremacy, anti-Jewish hate, anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and all other forms of bigotry.
Yesterday, CAIR’s New York chapter condemned an alleged assault on two Asian American teenage girls by two suspects who spewed anti-Asian insults, then reportedly slapped them and pulled their hair.
CAIR-SFBA is an office of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.