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CAIR Joins Calls to Remove Confederate Monuments in West Virginia, Kentucky 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 10/8/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined calls for the removal of a Confederate monument in Hinton, W.Va., and another in Danville, Ky.  

In West Virginia’s Summers County, a group of citizens asked county commissioners to remove or relocate a Confederate monument in Hinton. Last month, the Coalition of Anti-Racism & Equity in Summers (CARES) sent a letter to the commission calling for the statue’s removal and reiterated their call during a commission meeting Wednesday night. The commission claimed state laws prevent them from moving the statue, and that the state government would have to issue permission to remove the statue. CARES members have allegedly been subjected to threats for calling for the monument’s removal in the past.  

SEE: Citizens Want Hinton’s Confederate Monument to Come Down

In Kentucky, a Confederate monument that has stood near the entrance of Centre College in Dansville for more than 100 years was covered by a tarp this week. Members of a student group at the college who have been calling for the statue’s removal since last year said they did not know who covered the statue but were pleased with the action.  

SEE: Centre students push for removal of Confederate statue

“We urge the removal of all remnants of the racist legacy of the Confederacy from our state,” said CAIR-Kentucky Chair Salah Shakir.  

“People who fought to uphold white supremacy and racism deserve rejection and condemnation – not memorials – and we stand with all those calling for an end to the celebration of hatred and bigotry,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison.  

Allison said the American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.     

CAIR’s 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.           

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kentucky Chair Salah Shakir, (859) 545-0651,; CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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