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December 18, 2015

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

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

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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