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CAIR Joins SPLC Call for Alabama Schools and Others Nationwide to Drop Confederate Names 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 8/16/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), today joined the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on educational officials in Alabama to drop all school names associated with the Confederacy.  

CAIR’s call comes after SPLC released updated data of schools named after Confederate leaders indicating that Alabama has 22 such school names, the third-most such names in the country. That updated report listed 100 more schools named for Confederate leaders, bringing the total to more than 300. (NOTE: 85 have closed or been renamed and 21 have committed to changing their names but have not yet done so.) 

SPLC’S “Whose Heritage?” report listed 198 “live” schools nationwide that have not moved to change their Confederate names. Along with Alabama, Georgia has 45 and Texas has 40.  

SEE: 22 Alabama schools on SPLC’s list of U.S. schools honoring Confederate leaders

Correcting Revisionist History: SPLC challenges more than 100 U.S. schools honoring Confederate leaders to change their names

“We call on all schools in Alabama – and nationwide – to drop any name or symbol that continues to honor those traitors to our nation who defended slavery, systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. 

He noted that CAIR has repeatedly urged and supported the removal of Confederate symbols.  

SEE: CAIR Joins Call for Removal of Confederate Statue in Cornelius, N.C., Supports Iowa City Indigenous Land Acknowledgement  

McCaw 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. 

SEE: CAIR-Missouri Expresses Solidarity with Asian-American, Black Communities after Noose Hung in Asian-American Woman’s Yard in St. Louis   

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CONTACT: 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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