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Muslim woman says man cursed, spat at her in Walmart

Posted October 29, 2010

— A 66-year-old man is facing ethnic intimidation charges after he allegedly verbally abused a female Muslim-American customer at an Oxford Walmart on Tuesday. The woman is speaking out and says she doesn’t want this to happen to anyone else.

The 31-year-old woman, who asked not to be identified for safety purposes, said she went to Walmart to buy a carton of milk. Instead, she says, James Currin Jr., 66, confronted her and asked: “Hey, are you Muslim?” When she said yes, Currin began swearing, spitting at her and told her to go back “wherever you came from,” she said.

“I was frozen with fear. I was startled. I was frightened,” she said. “He’s actually there glaring at me, just going over me from head to toe, head to toe, head to toe. It was a blood-curdling stare.”

The woman says Currin followed her as she walked to the front of the store to find her mother and notify management. Store officials called Oxford police, who arrested Currin and brought him before a Granville County magistrate.

Police did not charge Currin with any crime since officers did not witness the encounter. However, they asked the woman to file charges – a procedure often used in misdemeanor cases.

Before leaving, the woman said she had one more run-in with Currin.

“(He) began to laugh. He was laughing at us,” she said.

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According to the police report, Currin denied having a confrontation with the woman. He received a criminal summons and is due to appear in court on Nov. 29. WRAL News was unable to reach him for comment.

The woman says her faith means everything to her and she hopes pressing charges sends a clear message about how she was treated.

“For someone to attack me solely on the basis of my faith, it’s very alarming,” she said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, is calling for additional hate crime charges to be brought against Currin.

"An American-Muslim woman should be able to go about her daily routine without fear of being assaulted because of her faith," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "We urge local prosecutors and the FBI to consider additional charges based on the apparent bias-motive of the alleged assailant."


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  • oldrebel Nov 1, 2010

    Why does the accuser remain anonymous while the accused is identified? If she's not willing to allow her own name to be made public, I find fault with identifying the alleged criminal. Put up or shut up.

  • rargos Nov 1, 2010

    If this guy really wants to stop Muslim extremists from destroying our way of life he should learn Pashto, buy a one-way ticket to Afghanistan, and spend the rest of his life either hunting Al Qaeda or working for a humanitarian/relief agency. Spitting on an innocent women in a Wal Mart in Oxford NC is pathetic and cowardly.

    And for the record : killing thousands of innocent people on 9/11 is also pathetic and cowardly.

  • soyousay Oct 29, 2010

    generally people accept and applaud this behavior when it is their social norm

  • soyousay Oct 29, 2010

    interesting censor on tonight

    what in any one's upbringing would make this behavior acceptable?

  • affirmativediversity Oct 29, 2010

    people need to be ashame of their self .his spit is nasty it dont matter who you are no one deserve to be spit on. spit on me an see what happens per kelia


    no one on this site needs to be ashamed of themselves...everyone has been pretty clear that IF this man actually spat on this woman then he should be charged...NO ONE has stated otherwise...

    some of us, however, are not prepared to condemn/convict him without proof...it is, after all, a she said/he said situation. This woman, by her own admission, was "startled, frozen with fear and frightened" that's a very marked reaction to someone "cursing and glaring"...almost sounds like a bit of an "over reaction" unless he did "spit at her" ON PURPOSE...

    Let's see the video!

  • kelia Oct 29, 2010

    people need to be ashame of their self .his spit is nasty it dont matter who you are no one deserve to be spit on. spit on me an see what happens

  • jlh4jdj Oct 29, 2010

    So my question is would he still have been arrested if he called a white male a big redneck? Maybe even spitting some as he spoke, he is a little older it happens.

  • affirmativediversity Oct 29, 2010


    Why don't you take a etrip to the census bureau...click on the "population percentage by age"...then come on back a belittle me for saying the majority of people living in the US where not here during the KKK era.

    The fact, the majority of the US population IS under 45 years old...then add to that immigrants who moved to the US during the past 45 years, and, voila I have grown up!!!!

  • soyousay Oct 29, 2010

    fl..For someone to cut off your head solely on the basis of your faith is alarming also

    you think it might also be murder? are you advocating this in this country

  • affirmativediversity Oct 29, 2010

    Verbally berating someone is not freedom of speech. per citizen782


    Actually it is...according to the ACLU it is the "speech viewed by the majority as distasteful" that they feel MOST COMPELLED to protect...Schenk vs US, ie. the right to express dissent.