Washington, DC | www.adc.org | September 11, 2015 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) assisted Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) in drafting a resolution honoring victims of post-9/11 hate crimes. The resolution honors the victims of Islamophobic and anti-immigrant hate crimes, and also acknowledges the positive contributions of Arabs, South Asians, Sikhs, and Muslims to the United States.
ADC applauds Congresswoman Johnson for introducing the resolution on Wednesday, September 9 in the United States House of Representatives. ADC thanks Reps. Andre Carson (IN-7), Mike Honda (CA-17), and Paul Tonko (NY-20) for co-sponsoring the resolution.
Congresswoman Johnson stated,
“In the aftermath of 9/11, we saw a marked increase of violence misdirected at individuals within the Arab, South Asian, Sikh, and Muslim communities. In the first nine weeks following 9/11, there were over 700 documented cases of violent incidents targeting Arab Americans. On this day, I want to recognize the individuals who were unfairly targeted in post-9/11 violence. ”
This resolution is an important step toward stopping the hate crimes that continue to plague our communities even 14 years after September 11, 2001. Just a day before the resolution was introduced, a Sikh man was a victim of a hate crime in Chicago. The assailant yelled racial slurs including, “Terrorist, go back to your country, Bin Laden!” In February of 2015, three Arab-American students were shot and killed while in their home in Chapel Hill, NC following a rise in anti-Arab and anti-Muslim rhetoric in the media.
ADC reminds community members to exercise caution and vigilance, particularly on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian American communities must take their safety seriously when they receive threats of violence to themselves or their relatives.
- If you are placed in physical danger because of your ethnicity, religion or national origin: Call the police (dial 911 in most communities), and/or click here to contact your local FBI office. It is the FBI’s job to investigate hate-motivated crimes and specific threats of violence. You can also report a hate crime to the FBI online using this form.
If you feel you have been a victim of a hate crime, please contact the ADC Pro Bono Legal Department at 202-244-2990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.