(WASHINGTON, DC., 4/14/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today again decried Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves decision to secretly sign a proclamation naming April as Confederate Heritage Month. He also declared April 26 as Confederate Memorial Day in Mississippi.
SEE: Mississippi governor declares April as Confederate Heritage Month
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CAIR last year similarly condemned the declaration.
SEE: CAIR Decries Mississippi Governor’s ‘Confederate Heritage Month’ Declaration
In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:
“It is beyond belief that any elected official could put his or her name on a document honoring the traitors who sought to divide our nation and maintain slavery and white supremacy. It is past time for Mississippi to throw ‘Confederate Heritage Month’ into the dustbin of history where it belongs.”
He noted that last year, CAIR welcomed votes by the Mississippi legislature to remove the Confederate emblem from that state’s flag.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes Vote to Remove Confederate Symbol from Mississippi Flag, Urges Governor to Sign Bill
The Washington-based civil rights organization has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate symbols and racist laws nationwide.
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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org