Abu­sive note from teen to Mus­lim fam­ily de­cried as part of a trend

Baltimore Sun - - AROUND THE REGION - By Jes­sica An­der­son jkan­der­son@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/jan­ders5

Lead­ers of the na­tion’s largest Mus­lim civil lib­er­ties group have ex­pressed con­cern over a note left out­side a Dun­dalk fam­ily’s home this month.

The Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions said Fri­day the note is the lat­est hate in­ci­dent di­rected at Amer­i­can Mus­lims, mosques and Is­lamic cen­ters. Part of the note read, “Ter­ror­ist, Leave no one wants you here. Your kind is a dis­grace. 9/11 was your fault.”

The note also con­tained a draw­ing of a per­son wear­ing a hi­jab and hold­ing a car­toon bomb, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

“It is dis­turb­ing that a fam­ily, hav­ing fled vi­o­lence and ha­tred, is now be­ing tar­geted by hate as they seek to build a bet­ter life in Amer­ica,” said CAIR Mary­land out­reach man­ager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “We urge lo­cal, state and fed­eral au­thor­i­ties to take this mat­ter se­ri­ously and to bring the per­pe­tra­tor to jus­tice.”

Bal­ti­more County po­lice were no­ti­fied of the note Oct. 14 by a mem­ber of the fam­ily. Of­fi­cers said a 14-year-old girl wrote the note, and they con­cluded that — while of­fen­sive — no crime was com­mit­ted.

Of­fi­cers spoke with the girl, who said she wrote the note be­cause two chil­dren in the fam­ily had “cursed at her and made of­fen­sive ges­tures,” po­lice said.

Po­lice said of­fi­cers with the Dun­dalk Precinct Com­mu­nity Out­reach Unit have fol­lowed up and will check on both fam­i­lies next week.

They said the girl’s par­ents told po­lice they would dis­ci­pline her.

Chaudry said the fam­ily of six has been liv­ing in the U.S. for sev­eral months, af­ter mov­ing from Iraq. She said the fam­ily strug­gles with psychological pain as well as with cul­tural and lan­guage bar­ri­ers.

“To not have that sup­port to cope with the in­tol­er­ance, it com­pounds this fear,” she said. “They’re afraid.”

While some might take the note less se­ri­ously be­cause it was writ­ten by a teenager, Chaudry said it’s more dis­turb­ing be­cause “it sends a strong mes­sage that we are cre­at­ing a so­ci­ety [in which] it’s OK to do stuff like this.”

Chaudry said Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump has fu­eled an­tiMus­lim rhetoric, which CAIR says has co­in­cided with an in­crease in hate-in­spired in­ci­dents tar­get­ing Is­lamic in­sti­tu­tions and Mus­lims.

A re­cent CAIR sur­vey of Mus­lim vot­ers found 85 per­cent said they felt Is­lam­o­pho­bia and anti-Mus­lim sen­ti­ment in the U.S. has in­creased in the past year, while 30 per­cent said they have ex­pe­ri­enced dis­crim­i­na­tion or pro­fil­ing in the past year. oxy­codone, as well as other drug-re­lated charges and three counts of reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, county po­lice said. The day care li­cense for El­iz­a­beth Ocus Day­care was sus­pended in Fe­bru­ary af­ter the op­er­a­tor failed to com­ply with sev­eral li­cense re­quire­ments, ac­cord­ing to state ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials. Po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at the home around 5:30 a.m. They seized two bag­gies of crack co­caine, with a com­bined es­ti­mated street value of around $700.

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