(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/9/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) hate group’s targeting of those opposed to a Confederate monument in North Carolina.
Police are investigating flyers with the letters “KKK” written on them distributed to homes in Statesville, N.C. The hate materials seemed to target homes of people who have protested against a Confederate statue in front of that city’s old courthouse. CAIR recently welcomed a vote to remove that monument.
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“All Americans should be free to exercise their First Amendment rights without fear of intimidation by organized hate groups,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “This disturbing incident shows why all symbols of white supremacy and racism must be removed from our society.”
He noted that yesterday, CAIR supported a vote scheduled for today by the Tennessee Historical Commission that could lead to the removal of a bust of Confederate general and early leader of the KKK Nathan Bedford Forrest from the State Capitol.
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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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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.