(WASHINGTON D.C., 8/5/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined calls to remove a Confederate statue in Cornelius, N.C., and supported efforts to push Iowa City to adopt an Indigenous land acknowledgement.
On Wednesday evening, protesters gathered on the front yard of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius, N.C. to call for the removal of a statue dedicated to Confederate veterans. Among the speakers at the demonstration was the town sheriff and the president of the local NAACP chapter.
SEE: Protesters in Cornelius NC Want Confederate Monument Removed
Last month, Iowa City’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Human Rights Commission (HRC) approved a land acknowledgement stating that Iowa City is in the boundaries of the homelands of the Iowa, Meskwaki, and Sauk peoples, as well as other Indigenous people who may have inhabited the area. The land acknowledgement also calls on Iowa City to “commit to understanding and addressing … injustices as we work toward equity, restoration, and reparations.” The TRC will meet Thursday night to vote on a joint recommendation with the HRC to the city council on using the land acknowledgement.
SEE: Native American Activists Want Iowa City to Restore Indigenous Land
“We must acknowledge and address our nation’s history of injustice perpetrated against the Black and Indigenous communities,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We welcome and support all measures that seek to acknowledge – and more importantly rectify – the effects of hundreds of years of racism and white supremacy.”
He noted that yesterday, CAIR welcomed a decision by the Wilmington, N.C. city council to remove a Confederate statue and repeated calls for the removal of Confederate statue in Catawba Co., N.C.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes N.C. City Council Vote to Remove Confederate Monument, Repeats Call for Confederate Monuments Removal in Other N.C. City
Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.
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