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CAIR Decries Mississippi Governor’s ‘Confederate Heritage Month’ Declaration

(WASHINGTON, DC., 4/9/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves’ declaration of April as “Confederate Heritage Month” in that state.

SEE: Mississippi Governor Proclaims April ‘Confederate Heritage Month’ Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:

“It is unconscionable that while Mississippi and the nation are in the grip of a pandemic, Governor Reeves would take time to honor those who betrayed the United States in support of white supremacy and slavery. Treason and racism should be repudiated, not honored.”

Hooper noted that CAIR’s Kentucky chapter recently called for the removal of a Confederate flag outside a courthouse.

SEE: CAIR-Kentucky Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag Flying Outside Courthouse

The Washington-based civil rights organization has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate symbols and racist laws nationwide. Mississippi is the only state with a flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem.

SEE: CAIR Supports Effort to Repeal Racist Laws in Virginia

CAIR Supports UNC-Chapel Hill Students in ‘Silent Sam’ Confederate Statue Case

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; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aajeen@cair.com

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