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CAIR Condemns Racist ‘White Lives Matter’ Vandalism of Arthur Ashe Statue in Virginia

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/18/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the racist “White Lives Matter” vandalism of a stature honoring civil rights activist and tennis star Arthur Ashe in Richmond, Va. That phrase has been associated with the white supremacist push back against the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

Ashe, who died in 1993, fought for civil rights and worked to end apartheid rule in South Africa.

SEE: Statue of Arthur Ashe in Richmond, Virginia, defaced with ‘White Lives Matter’ spray paint

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2020/06/17/arthur-ashe-statue-defaced-wlm-spray-paint-richmond/3206732001/

“We condemn this hate-filled attempt to conflate white supremacy with the legitimate movement to challenge systemic anti-Black racism in our society,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Yesterday, CAIR called for the resignation of a Mississippi’s county supervisor over recent racist comments about slavery.

He noted that CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism.

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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.

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CONTACT:  CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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