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CAIR Applauds Planned Removal of Statue Honoring ‘White Supremacist and Traitor’ Robert E. Lee’s in Richmond, Virginia

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/4/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Va., and place it in storage.

CAIR also supported the move by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney to introduce an ordinance to remove all other Confederate statues in the city.

SEE: Image of George Floyd Projected Onto Statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia

“White supremacists and traitors like Robert E. Lee should be repudiated, not honored with statues in public spaces,” said CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw. “We applaud Governor Northam’s action and hope this move encourages public officials nationwide to similarly remove symbols of slavery, white supremacy and racism.”

He noted that in April, CAIR welcomed Governor Northam’s signing of laws giving localities the power to remove Confederate monuments and that repeal racist language in Virginia’s Acts of Assembly.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Virginia Governor’s Signing of Laws Allowing Removal of Confederate Monuments, Repealing Racist Language

Earlier this week, CAIR called on Alabama leaders and lawmakers to take concrete action to drop a holiday that honors confederate “racist and traitor” Jefferson Davis, who was president of the Confederacy.

SEE: CAIR Calls on Alabama to Drop Holiday Honoring Confederate ‘Racist and Traitor’ Jefferson Davis

CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate holidays, symbols and racist laws nationwide.

SEE: CAIR Calls on South Carolina County to Keep MLK Day, Drop Confederate Memorial Day

CAIR-Kentucky Welcomes Removal of Confederate Flag Flying Outside Courthouse

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,

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