(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/4/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined the nationwide call to remove a Confederate statue from the South Carolina hometown of “Black Panther” actor Chadwick Boseman, who died recently after a battle with cancer.
CAIR said thousands of people have signed petitions asking officials in Anderson, S.C., to relocate the Confederate statue and to put up a public memorial honoring the actor.
SEE: Thousands Petition for Chadwick Boseman Statute to Replace Confederate Monument
“Honoring Confederate soldiers and other white supremacists on government property is unacceptable anywhere and everywhere, including the hometown of Chadwick Boseman,” said CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. “We support local calls for officials to remove the Confederate statue and replace it with a memorial highlighting the names of Chadwick Boseman and other Americans who have positively contributed to the struggle for racial equality in society.”
He noted that yesterday, CAIR condemned the hanging of a Confederate flag near a Black-owned business in Tennessee and racist graffiti targeting an Iowa family’s home.
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CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate holidays, symbols and racist laws nationwide.
SEE: CAIR Supports Revision to Virginia School Policy to Prohibit Students from Wearing Confederate Flag
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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.
SEE: CAIR-Sacramento Valley Condemns Reported Racist Attack in Placer County, Welcomes Arrests
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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.