(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/21/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemned the reported shouts of the racist phrases “white power” and “Confederate lives matter” during a pro-Trump parade in North Carolina.
Video shows some members of Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County, designated as a neo-Confederate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, shouting the racist phrase “white power” as they paraded through Elon University’s campus as well as the towns of Elon and Graham, N.C.
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In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:
“It is disturbing that any Americans would express such racist and divisive views. We call on voters and leaders across the political spectrum to repudiate the anti-Black racism and white supremacy allegedly expressed by parade participants.”
He noted that CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about the Trump administration’s Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist policies and appointments and believes Trump’s racist and divisive rhetoric leads to increased hate crimes and discrimination.
Washington, D.C.-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.
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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.