A leading American Muslim civil rights activist has complained that US Muslims were enduring similar racial profiling to African-American in Ferguson suburb in Missouri state.
“Profiling in post-9/11 America of Arab-Americans and South-Asian Americans cannot be dealt with in a silo separate from the profiling and misconduct that is done towards African-Americans by law enforcement officers,” Dawud Walid, a director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told RIA Novosti.
Anger across the American society raged after the fatal shooting of Brown two weeks ago in Missouri by police.
According to media reports, St. Louis County police claimed the unarmed Brown had struggled for an officer’s gun in a patrol car before he was killed.
Witnesses said Brown, who is African-American, had his hands up when he was shot. Brown’s death triggered angry demonstrations and calls by several civil rights organizations for the US Justice Department to investigate the shooting.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot Brown.
CAIR has also said that prosecutor should replace St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, who allegedly has personal and professional ties to the Ferguson police department.
“It’s important for Arab Americans and South Asian Americans to show solidarity with black Americans about the racial profiling that we all experience at the hands of law enforcement officers – irrespective of them being Christian or Muslim,” Walid added.
This is not the first time CAIR official expressed concerns over the rising racial profiling in the US.
Last week, 100 groups, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), issued a statement urging the American authorities to address ‘racial profiling’ by law enforcement.
The group urged the Congress to pass the ‘End Racial Profiling Act’, which would prohibit law enforcement agencies from using profiling based on race, ethnicity, national origin or religion. ONISLAM