Source: Huffington Post
“When one of us is threatened, we all have to speak out.”
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes a “stain on our nation’s very soul” in a speech Monday at a Virginia mosque.
“Hate crimes target more than just the individual at that time; they target the fabric of our communities,” Lynch said. “They are also a stain on our nation’s very soul.”
Lynch, the first African-American woman to be named U.S. attorney general, joined interfaith leaders at a news conference at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling, Virginia, to address rising hate crimes across the U.S.
Lynch, pointing to a “disturbing” 67 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes from 2014 to 2015, called the rise a “sobering indication of how much more work remains to be done.”
Hate crimes surged in the 10 days after Donald Trump’s’ election victory, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which said in a report that Muslim-Americans are facing the worst Islamophobia since the 9/11 terror attacks.
“Behind every number is a person. Behind every statistic is someone whose rights have been violated,” Lynch said. “When one of us falls, we all have to step up without regard for our own safety. When one of us is threatened, we all have to speak out.”