Posted by Tess Waggoner on April 12, 2019 in Blog
On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism.” The Arab American Institute submitted a statement for the record in which we called for continued examination of hate crime in American communities and efforts to improve federal hate crime data.
Additionally, we felt the minority's selected witnesses derailed this important hearing with insensitive, disingenuous, and downright inflammatory remarks. As we note in our statement:
"In particular, we were distressed with one witness’s persistent denigration of American Muslims, student advocates for Palestinian human rights, and Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. In what can only be described as a complete and utter disgrace, witness Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, who lost his two daughters and son-in-law to an act of anti-Muslim hate violence, was forced to repeatedly defend his faith and background against the vile stereotypes and mischaracterizations purveyed by some participants in this hearing."
"We trust that Congress is unified in its commitment to protect our communities from crimes committed because of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Moving forward, Congress must demonstrate this commitment through effective oversight and legislation without succumbing to divisive political narratives that inhibit progress and cause further harm."
You can read our full statement here.