(15 February 2015)
While people across the country celebrated Valentine’s Day, white supremacists vandalized the Islamic School of Rhode Island, a pre-kindergarten-to-8th-grade school in the small town of West Warwick.
The vandals spray painted
- “F*ck Muhammad,”
- “Now this is a hate crime” (presumably a reference to the media’s insistence, contrary to much evidence, that the 10 February 2015 shooting of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina was not a hate crime, but was rather about parking),
- “F*ck Allah,”
- “Muhammad a pig [sic],”
- “Allah is a pedophile,” and
- “Rag Heads.”
They also drew a circle with a cross in it, known as the sun cross or wheel cross. This is a symbol used by white supremacists, such as the KKK, and fascists, including neo-Nazis.
The local newspaper the Providence Journal reported on the vandalism. Interestingly, it did not actually interview anyone from the school, or any Muslims in the West Warwick community. It did interview Rabbi Sarah Mack, of Temple Beth-El in Providence, who said “I find it very upsetting. The Muslim community in Rhode Island is very open and peaceful.”
Some Americans still claim that Islamophobia is not a problem in the US. Attacks like this—in conjunction with the pre-meditated murder of three Muslim American youths only four days before in Chapel Hill, and the media’s lackluster response to their deaths—however, more than demonstrate that anti-Muslim bigotry is rampant.