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CAIR Condemns Decision to Relocate Virginia Confederate Monuments to Outside Government Building 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 12/15/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a decision by Virginia’s Washington County to relocate two Confederate monuments to a space outside a government building. 

Washington County’s Board of Supervisors made a unanimous decision Tuesday to move the two monuments to a green space just outside a local government building. The statues were previously located outside a courthouse. The Board of Supervisors voted to move the statues from outside the courthouse last month, a vote which CAIR welcomed. 

SEE: Washington County Board of Supervisors votes to relocate monuments to green space

CAIR Welcomes Vote to Remove Virginia Confederate Monuments 

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison said: 

“By moving these monuments to treason from outside a courthouse to outside another government building, the Board of Supervisors is allowing for the continued reverence of white supremacy and systemic anti-Black racism. We urge board members to remove the monuments from public view entirely and rid their community of all symbols of racism and hate.” 

Allison 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. He noted that CAIR has repeatedly called for the removal of Confederate flags, statues and symbols from public spaces nationwide. 

SEE: CAIR Calls North Carolina Hanging of Confederate Flag, Noose an ‘Act of Racist Intimidation’ 

CAIR-LA Condemns Racist, Anti-Semitic Texts Sent by Torrance Police Officers, Calls for Criminal Charges 

CAIR Welcomes Probe into N-Word Graffiti at Wisconsin High School, Expulsion of Alabama Sorority President After Racist Comments 

CAIR-Colorado Welcomes Efforts to Change Racist Landmark Names 

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,