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December 18, 2015 0

ADL Reports at Least 75 Anti-Muslim Incidents In US Since Paris Attacks

Fol­low­ing the shoot­ing in San Bernardino that left 14 peo­ple dead and 22 injured, there has been a con­tin­ued esca­la­tion in hos­til­ity and attacks through­out the U.S. against the Mus­lim com­mu­nity and those per­ceived as Muslim.

Islamic Center of Alameda's boarded up window, after it was shattered by a brick

Islamic Cen­ter of Alameda’s boarded up win­dow, after it was shat­tered by a brick (CBS)

Since the San Bernardino shoot­ing on Decem­ber 2, at least 27 anti-Muslim inci­dents have been reported in the U.S., rais­ing the total num­ber of inci­dents since the Novem­ber 13 Paris attacks to at least 75.Between the Paris attacks and the San Bernardino shoot­ing, ADL tracked approx­i­mately 48 anti-Muslim inci­dents. These num­bers are based on reports ADL has col­lected from media and other sources.

Inci­dents such as assaults, van­dal­ism, and threats tar­get­ing Mus­lim indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions in the U.S. tend to notice­ably spike in the after­math of ter­ror­ist attacks linked to Islamic extrem­ists in the U.S or abroad.

Below are selected exam­ples of alleged anti-Muslim inci­dents in the weeks fol­low­ing the San Bernardino attacks, both crim­i­nal and non-criminal:

Assaults

  • Grand Rapids, Michi­gan: Aman hold­ing up a con­ve­nience store report­edly called the Sikh man­ager a “ter­ror­ist” and sug­gested he was a mem­ber of ISIS before shoot­ing him in the face. (Decem­ber 12)
  • Queens, New York: A man beat a Mus­lim store owner in the Asto­ria neigh­bor­hood of Queens. The attacker report­edly stated, “I kill Mus­lims.” (Decem­ber 5)

Van­dal­ism

  • Hawthorne, Cal­i­for­nia: “Jesus” graf­fiti and a fake hand grenade were left at two mosques. (Decem­ber 12)
  • Alameda, Cal­i­for­nia: A brick was thrown through a mosque’s win­dow, shat­ter­ing the win­dow. (Decem­ber 10)
  • Palm Beach, Florida: The Islamic Cen­ter of Palm Beach was van­dal­ized, its win­dows smashed and fur­ni­ture over­turned. (Decem­ber 3)

Threats and Intimidation

  • Cull­man, Alabama: KKK fliers try to recruit Alaba­mans to stop “the spread of Islam.” (Decem­ber 10)
  • Philadel­phia, Penn­syl­va­nia: A sev­ered pig’s head was thrown at a mosque’s door. (Decem­ber 7)
  • Van­dalia, Ohio: A 7th grader threat­ened to shoot and kill a 6th grade Mus­lim school­mate, report­edly call­ing him a “ter­ror­ist,” a “towel head,” and a “son of ISIS.” (Decem­ber 7)
  • St. Louis, Mis­souri: A threat­en­ing voice­mail was left at the Islamic Cen­ter of St. Louis. The mes­sage report­edly stated “I was a Marine, I killed a lot of Mus­lims, watched a lot of you die and burn…You want to kill? Come my way. I will cut your f-cking head off.” (Decem­ber 5)
  • Fred­er­icks­burg, Vir­ginia: In advance of a pub­lic hear­ing about a new mosque, anti-Muslim fliers were posted around town that read “No Jihad in Fred­er­icks­burg.” (Decem­ber 5)

 

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December 16, 2013 5

Fugitive Alabama White Supremacist Shoots Self As Police Close In

lindsey-scott-carterA fugi­tive and racist prison gang mem­ber from Alabama shot him­self in Arkansas after lead­ing police on a lengthy chase.  On Decem­ber 8, Arkansas state troop­ers pulled over a vehi­cle linked to Lind­sey Scott Carter, 44, wanted in Alabama on sus­pi­cion of mur­der.  The dri­ver, a female friend of Carter, fled the vehi­cle, but Carter took the wheel and drove away. 

After a chase that wound through two coun­ties in west­ern Arkansas, troop­ers used traf­fic spikes to bring the vehi­cle to a halt again.  As the offi­cers approached the car, how­ever, they dis­cov­ered Carter had appar­ently shot him­self to death rather than face capture.

Accord­ing to local author­i­ties, Carter, from Paint Rock, Alabama, had shot and killed a woman on Decem­ber 7 in what police believe was some sort of drug-related dis­pute.  Fol­low­ing the mur­der, a female friend of Carter (since arrested for hin­der­ing pros­e­cu­tion) allegedly pro­vided the vehi­cle that Carter used to flee with a sec­ond female friend.  Author­i­ties have not charged the sec­ond friend, the one who fled the vehi­cle in Arkansas, say­ing that she had not been aware of Carter’s crimes.

Carter had a pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal his­tory and was a mem­ber of the South­ern Broth­er­hood, Alabama’s largest white suprema­cist prison gang.  The South­ern Broth­er­hood, which has a lengthy record of vio­lence and crim­i­nal activ­ity, began in 1995 in the East­er­ling Cor­rec­tional Facil­ity and sub­se­quently spread to the rest of the state (it also has a pres­ence in sev­eral other states).  It also has a biker gang sub­group, the South­ern Broth­er­hood Motor­cy­cle Club.

After Carter’s sui­cide, other South­ern Broth­er­hood mem­bers passed the news of their fel­low gang member’s death.  One South­ern Broth­er­hood gang mem­ber posted to an on-line social net­work­ing web­site that “we lost a good Bro yesterday…Rest in Peace Scott Carter 14/23.”  The num­bers “14/23” con­sti­tute a South­ern Broth­er­hood numeric sym­bol that com­bines two con­cepts.  The num­ber 14 is a ref­er­ence to the so-called 14 Words, a pop­u­lar white suprema­cist slo­gan:  “We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white chil­dren.”  The num­ber 23 stands for the “23 Pre­cepts,” a list of 23 rules that gang mem­bers are required to follow.

Sim­i­larly, another gang mem­ber posted that “We had a bro pass away yesterday…R.I.P. Scott Carter…14/23 19/2.”  The num­bers 19 and 2 are code for the South­ern Broth­er­hood, as S is the 19th let­ter of the alpha­bet and B the 2nd letter.

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October 24, 2013 0

Farrakhan’s Absence From NOI Event Spotlights Possible Successor, Ishmael Muhammad

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Ish­mael Muham­mad with Mayor Johnny Ford at 2013 Holy Day of Atone­ment in Tuskegee, Alabama

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan’s last minute absence from the 2013 Holy Day of Atone­ment event in Tuskegee, Alabama, on Octo­ber 20, may shed light on the future direc­tion of the group’s leadership.

Far­rakhan was not able to give his annual keynote address due to hos­pi­tal­iza­tion for “an infec­tion,” accord­ing to his daugh­ter Donna. In pre­vi­ous years, his Holy Day of Atone­ment addresses have been marked by his noto­ri­ously anti-Semitic world­view, includ­ing his two-part keynote address last year in Chicago and Char­lotte.

Ish­mael Muham­mad, assis­tant min­is­ter at Mosque Maryam, the NOI’s flag­ship mosque in Chicago, and son of for­mer NOI leader Eli­jah Muham­mad, gave the keynote address in Farrakhan’s absence.

Muham­mad was intro­duced by Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford as one of the “new lead­ers of the Nation of Islam” and as “a new begin­ning.” In Muham­mad address, he deliv­ered “the mes­sage that [Far­rakhan] gave to [him],” pro­lif­i­cally prais­ing Far­rakhan, and announc­ing the NOI’s new “eco­nomic blueprint.”

The day after Muhammad’s speech, he tweeted, “We showed the world on Sun­day that the Nation is not just Louis Far­rakhan, it is Allah’s!!!”

Muham­mad has long been regarded as the most likely suc­ces­sor to Far­rakhan. His pub­lic role grew in 1999 when Far­rakhan was seri­ously ill with com­pli­ca­tions from treat­ment for prostate can­cer. And in 2006, when Far­rakhan issued an open let­ter say­ing that he was relin­quish­ing his lead­er­ship role with the group after nearly 30 years due to ill­ness, Muham­mad con­tin­ued to play a cen­tral role in most major NOI events.

In 2007, W.D. Mohammed, another son of for­mer NOI leader Eli­jah Muham­mad, who rejected his father’s racist ide­ol­ogy and steered a new course away from hatred, reit­er­ated the widely held belief that Ish­mael Muham­mad is the most likely con­tender for NOI lead­er­ship. Dur­ing a lec­ture at the Clin­ton Pres­i­den­tial Library in Arkansas, W.D. said Ish­mael is poised to “clear up the destruc­tion of the reli­gion in the Nation of Islam.”

Unlike Far­rakhan, Muham­mad does not have an exten­sive pub­lic record of anti-Semitism or big­otry, but he has fre­quently defended Farrakhan’s bla­tantly hate­ful messages.

While Muham­mad has dis­cussed his reluc­tance to take on the lead­er­ship of the NOI on sev­eral occa­sions over the years, he con­tin­ues to fill in for Far­rakhan at the most crit­i­cal moments.

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