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North Carolina man charged with threatening Muslim senate candidate

26th Jul 2019
North Carolina man charged with threatening Muslim senate candidate

Threatening tweet to Qasim Rashid (Image: Screenshot/@QasimRashid)

Nadine Osman

A man from North Carolina, US, has been charged with threatening to lynch a Muslim-American candidate for Virginia Senate District seat last year.

A warrant for the arrest of Joseph Cecil Vandevere of Black Mountain was issued after his June 20 indictment. He is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure a person. The 52-year-old also is accused of posting an anti-Semitic threat on a Florida synagogue’s Facebook page.

According to the attorney’s office for the western district of North Carolina as of July 1, Vandevere has yet to be arrested. Virginia state Senate candidate, Qasim Rashid, 36, posted a screenshot of the threatening tweet on March 14, 2018, and flagged it for Twitter. Rashid also said he reported the threat to the FBI.

Rashid is an attorney who works on immigrant rights cases and won a Democratic primary in June. The charge against Vandevere – interstate communication of a threat to injure a person – carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The tweet directed at Rashid included a picture of a lynching and read, ‘please … view your destiny.’ ‘Hey @twitter this white supremacist @dadutchman5 is threatening me with lynching b/c I am a Muslim. Please tell me this violates your terms & conditions?’Rashid wrote, adding the hashtag‘#WhereWasHeRadicalized?’

Rashid said he had reported approximately a dozen threats against him over the past few years. This is the first time one of his complaints has led to a criminal charge.

Speaking to The Muslim News, Rashid said he is “grateful” for the action authorities took, adding, “These threats are ongoing and reflective of our climate of increasing hate crimes against immigrants, people of colour and Muslims. I have received several death threats since announcing my candidacy and unfortunately, I do not suspect they will stop any time soon.”

Rashid called for social media companies “to work more robustly to combat threats and calls to violence on their platforms.”

“We’ve seen extreme examples of how Facebook’s apathy contributed materially to the Rohingya genocide. Twitter has cracked down on Daesh extremists but continues to allow neo-Nazis and white supremacists to actively work and recruit on their platform. Social media companies need to engage a more justice based model to uphold security and combat extremism,” he added.

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