(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/21/2021) – The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today welcomed the response of Oakville High School in addressing a student wearing a Confederate flag face mask.
The student came to school wearing the Confederate flag mask and was allowed to continue wearing it through his school day.
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In a statement, CAIR-Missouri Associate Executive Director Marwan Hameed said:
“CAIR-Missouri commends the rapid response of Oakville High School Principal Tamara Sunkett and Mehlville Schools Superintendent Chris Gaines to address a disturbing incident in which one of the school’s students showed up wearing the Confederate flag mask. We welcome Principal Tamara Sunkett’s statement that, ‘Confederate symbols are steeped in racism and infringe the rights of all to feel safe and respected.’”
He noted that CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate holidays, symbols and racist laws.
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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, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.
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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.
CONTACT: Marwan Hameed, email@example.com, (314)722-6116, (646) 244-5587; CAIR-Missouri Board Chair Yasir Ali, Yasir.firstname.lastname@example.org, 314-722-6116, 913-972-0111; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com