(LEXINGTON, KY, 4/18/20) – The Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the removal of a Confederate flag outside of the Marshall County courthouse in Western Kentucky.
Judge-Executive Kevin Neal wrote in a statement: “We value the thoughts and opinions of our citizens when dealing with controversial issues which has led us to taking down the flags (Friday) and letting the Fiscal Court discuss the proper location.”
SEE: Marshall judge-exec orders Confederate flag’s removal
Earlier this month, CAIR-Kentucky called for the flag’s removal.
SEE: CAIR-Kentucky Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag Flying Outside Courthouse
In a statement, CAIR-Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad said.
“We welcome the removal of this symbol of racism, white supremacy and treason from public property and hope any decision about future memorials will only be made after input from all segments of the local community.”
She noted that CAIR has called for local governments throughout the nation to remove all Confederate symbols from public spaces.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes Virginia Governor’s Signing of Laws Allowing Removal of Confederate Monuments, Repealing Racist Language
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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.
CONTACT: CAIR-Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad, (859) 545-0651, wMuhammad@cair.com