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CAIR Concerned About Passage of N.C. Bill Targeting Anti-Racism Teaching, Supports Removal of N.C. Confederate Statue 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 9/1/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today supported the removal of a Confederate statue in Edenton, N.C., from a public street but expressed concern about moving it to public property. CAIR also expressed concern about legislation that would negatively impact anti-racism training in that state. 

BREAKING NEWS: CAIR noted that the North Carolina House today passed a bill targeting anti-racism teaching in schools. 

SEE: NC House passes bill that affects how racism and history are taught; now heads to Gov. Cooper

In a report to the town council, Edenton’s Human Relations Commission (HRC) recommended the town move the statue from its current location near the entrance of the old Town Hall building to a proposed “memorial park” on public property. The Edenton town council voted to relocate the statue last month.  

SEE: Panel Recommends Relocating Edenton’s Confederate Monument

“Monuments to traitors who fought to defend and expand systemic anti-Black racism have no place on public property,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “While we support the decision to relocate the monument, we urge town officials not to move it to public land and call on all local governments to rid their communities of similar symbols of white supremacy and hate.  

He added: “It is imperative that youth in North Carolina and nationwide are taught about the negative impact systemic racism has on all Americans.” 

Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.     

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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