FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | March 4, 2015
Contact: Lakshmi Sridaran
SAALT and the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) note with sadness and alarm yet another incident of violence against Muslim, Arab, Sikh, Hindu, and South Asian communities.
Last Friday, February 28, Mukhtar Ahmed, a Pakistani Muslim man in Louisville, KY, was gunned down and killed after dropping his daughter off at school. Local police have made an arrest, but have not yet released information on a possible motive. We must place this incident in the context of the troubling number of recent attacks against Muslim, South Asian, Sikh, Hindu, and Arab community members and institutions in the last few months alone.
- The hit and run killing of a Somali Muslim boy in front of a mosque in Kansas City last December 4, 2014;
- An attack on a Florida Iraqi business owner on February 6, 2015;
- The police beating of an Indian grandfather in Madison, AL also on February 6, 2015;
- The execution-style murder of three Arab-Muslim students in North Carolina on February 10, 2015;
- A likely arson attack on the Houston Islamic Institute on February 13, 2015;
- Vandal attacks on two Hindu temples in Washington State on February 14, 2015 and February 28, 2015
This steady stream of violent incidents reminds us that our communities remain under attack—as SAALT detailed in our September 2014 report, Under Suspicion, Under Attack.
Unfortunately, these attacks occur as the dominant rhetoric that posits Muslim Americans as suspect and under suspicion continues—through programs such as the FBI’s efforts to map Muslim American communities and the recent White House Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Summit, which focused exclusively on Muslims as perpetrators of “violent extremism.”
Federal, state, and local law enforcement must all address domestic hate violence incidents targeting Muslim, Arab, Sikh, Hindu, and South Asian communities. We all deserve to feel safe.