Special Advisory: Be Cautious, Report Hate Crimes Immediately
ADC reiterates its call to national organizations and political leaders to speak up against the bigotry and hateful rhetoric, and to not accept any form of discrimination or profiling.
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | March 9, 2011 – In expectation of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim backlash resulting from the hearing scheduled for March 10th by the Committee on Homeland Security, US House of Representatives, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is asking that all members of the affected communities exercise extreme caution and immediately report any incidents of harassment, abuse or violence to the appropriate authorities. ADC reminds members of these communities that equal protection and due process rights are afforded to everyone, including non-citizens, in the United States. See below for more information about your rights and what to do if you are a victim of a hate crime, profiling, or other discriminatory conduct.
ADC had expressed, and continues to express, to the Department of Justice (DOJ) our concerns over the possible backlash resulting from the scheduled hearings. Last year, ADC experienced a significant increase in the number of legal complaints, as indicated in the 2010 ADC Legal Report: Legal Advocacy & Policy Review. The reportunderscores the unfortunate reality that when the public discourse is fueled with anti-immigrant sentiment and xenophobia, there will inevitably be a backlash against the communities targeted by such hateful rhetoric. Singling out an entire religious group is discriminatorily un-American and contrary to our constitutional principles. Such targeted actions and hateful rhetoric, as already experienced, lead to an increase in hate crimes against Arab, Muslim, and South Asian-Americans, as well as those perceived to be Arab or Muslim.