Press Releases

CAIR Condemns Confederate Flags Put Up on American University Campus

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/27/17) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the placement of Confederate flags posted at a number of locations on the American University campus in Washington, D.C.

Ten Confederate flags, with the phrases “Huzzah for Dixie” and “I wish I was in the Land of Cotton,” were pinned to bulletin boards and included a stalk of cotton. “D.C. Counter Resistance” was inscribed on the back of the flags.

SEE: Ten Confederate Flag Fliers Found Hanging in Four American University Buildings

“This group, which identifies itself with a symbol linked to Nazi-sympathizers, wants to intimidate and harass minority students and D.C. residents. While they seek to foster fear, they will find the result is more unified opposition to their vile prejudice,” said CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor. Last week, CAIR offered support for a request by officials in Washington, D.C., to remove a statue honoring a Confederate general.

SEE: CAIR Backs Call to Remove Confederate General’s Statue in D.C.

CAIR recently called Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to contact their state legislatures to request the introduction of CAIR’s template resolution calling for the removal of all Confederate symbols.

That call to action was in response to the deadly terrorist attack on anti-racist protests that occurred in Charlottesville, Va. CAIR is urging the removal of all government monuments and symbols that celebrate the Confederacy. USE: #RemoveConfederateMemorials

Take Action – Contact State Officials

SEE: CAIR Says Removal of Confederate Memorials Nationwide a ”˜Fitting Response’ to Terror Attack on Va. Anti-Racist Rally

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

– END –

CONTACT: CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


Share on facebook
Share on twitter