(KANSAS CITY, MO, 8/15/2018) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today welcomes the Missouri Republican Party’s condemnation of a racist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic candidate who won the primary for a Missouri House seat and calls for his expulsion from the party.
Republican candidate Steve West, who has never run for public office yet won 49 percent of the district vote, has a history of making divisive and hate-filled statements. On a pamphlet, West wrote, “Islam is a problem for America” along with statements like “Islam is antithetical to this country as founded.”
West also promotes anti-Semitic conspiracies about “Jewish cabals” that torture and molest children and that run the Republican Party. “Looking back in history, unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it,” West said on a radio program.
In response, the state’s GOP issued a statement saying, “West's abhorrent rhetoric has absolutely no place in the Missouri Republican Party or anywhere.”
(KANSAS CITY, KS, 7/26/2018) - The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today expressed solidarity with the African-American community following an allegedly racially-motivated murder of an African-American woman by a reported white supremacist.
MeShon Cooper, 43, was found dead July 14 in a residence about a week after she had been reported missing. Ronald Lee Kidwell, 47, who lives at the home, is charged with second-degree murder in her death. Kidwell has been described as a white supremacist who had assaulted black people in the past. The FBI is investigating the murder as a possible hate crime.
“All Kansans must stand in solidarity with the African-American community after this allegedly hate-motivated act of violence by a suspect who has reportedly expressed white supremacist views,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy. “We denounce acts of hate against any group and welcome the decision by law enforcement authorities to investigate it as a possible hate crime. This case may be part of a disturbing trend of emboldened white supremacy that is spreading nationwide following the election of Donald Trump.”
(KANSAS CITY, KS, 5/3/18) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today offered a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who allegedly attacked a Muslim student on the campus of a local community college in Kansas.
Law enforcement authorities say the Muslim student was leaving class April 3 when she was insulted, struck in the face and then fell down some stairs. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in what the agency is calling a "potential hate crime.”
“We welcome the FBI’s commitment to apprehending the alleged perpetrator in this case and hope our additional reward will convince someone to come forward with information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy.
Elbayoumy added: "CAIR-Kansas has been supporting, advising and providing the victim and her family with legal counsel since the day of the incident, and we are glad to see the FBI take this additional step forward in the investigation."