Muslim advocacy group files complaint against racist sign-displaying store in NM | KOB 4

Muslim advocacy group files complaint against racist sign-displaying store in NM

Joy Wang
December 15, 2017 06:36 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A national civil rights organization has filed a complaint against a New Mexico small business.


KOB first reported on the Mayhill convenience store last year when highly questionable posters could be seen plastered on the business's windows. They read messages that were racist, sexist and anti-Muslim.

That store caught national attention and now the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has stepped in.

“Yesterday we filed a human rights complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission,” said Ahmed Mohamed of CAIR. “In essence, informing the commission that Mayhill convenience store is violating the public accommodation laws in New Mexico, violating common accommodations by discriminating against Muslims by telling them they're not welcome.”

Mohamed said a Muslim-American drove to town, saw the sign and was horrified. When he said he was afraid to go in, CAIR staff knew they had to take action.

“The first step means the New Mexico Human Rights Commission will investigate our complaint,” Mohamed said. “They have the ability to find probable cause of religious discrimination, and if that's the case, then they will enforce that ruling against the store and it could mean a number of things.”

The owner could be penalized or face the lawsuit.

“If that's not the case, then CAIR will seek to enforce federal laws because there is the civil rights act of 1964 that prohibits retail establishments from discriminating against individuals on their religion," Mohamed said.

KOB tried to reach the convenience store for a response, but was met with a message saying it was a non-working number.


Joy Wang

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