ACLU of Northern California Condemns Anti-Muslim Attack in San Jose
The ACLU of Northern California is outraged to learn that Esra Altun, a young Muslim woman, was assaulted and choked at San Jose State University yesterday. The rash of similar attacks and campus graffiti targeting Muslim students, and referencing Donald Trump, is especially troubling in light of Mr. Trump’s frequent use of both anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric while on the campaign trail.
Muslim Americans are an integral part of our communities in California, with the same rights as all of us: the rights to practice religion freely and openly, to live and work without fear, and to participate fully and equally in public life.
We condemn this rhetoric and this behavior, which further add to the violence that Muslim communities face due to racism and bias. We call on President-elect Trump to do the same. We call on all Californians and Americans to reject all forms of anti-Muslim bigotry, and to challenge speech and actions that harm others based solely on their religion or heritage.