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CAIR Backs Scrapping of Racist Virginia Laws Still on the Books

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/6/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today supported the scrapping of racist Virginia laws that remain on the books. 

Almost 100 unenforced laws in Virginia still exist that state, “no child shall be required to attend integrated schools,” and order segregation in playgrounds. They also prevent African-Americans from voting and make interracial marriage illegal.

SEE: Virginia looks at scrapping defunct, racist laws still on the books
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/virginia-looks-at-scrapping-defunct-racist-laws-still-on-the-books/2019/12/05/e06b3b62-1781-11ea-9110-3b34ce1d92b1_story.html

Panel calls for Virginia to purge dozens of old racist laws
https://www.newstribune.com/news/national/story/2019/dec/06/panel-calls-for-virginia-to-purge-dozens-of-old-racist-laws/807074/

“Though rendered null and void by subsequent legislation and legal actions, these unjust and racist laws remain on the books and stand as a reminder of the discrimination, racism and white supremacy that continue to this today,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen. “It is essential to send a clear message repudiating racism at a time when minority communities are increasingly targeted by bigotry.”

SEE: CAIR-Colorado Calls for Disciplinary Action After Muslim MSU Denver Students Harassed While Praying

https://www.cair.com/cair_colorado_calls_for_disciplinary_action_after_muslim_msu_denver_students_harassed_while_praying

CAIR Calls on State Department to Dismiss Senior Adviser with History of Anti-Muslim Views

https://www.cair.com/cair_calls_on_state_department_to_dismiss_senior_adviser_with_history_of_anti_muslim_views

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, aajeen@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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