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CAIR Reiterates Support for South Carolina Bill to End Confederate Memorial Day

(WASHINGTON D.C., 5/9/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today reiterated its support for a bill that would end that state’s Confederate Memorial Day.  

South Carolina will close state offices tomorrow in observance of Confederate Memorial Day. A bill that would allow state employees to take off on Juneteenth or any other day instead of Confederate Memorial Day unanimously passed the state senate in March but is currently stuck in a House committee. The bill is reportedly likely to die when the session ends Thursday.  

SEE: South Carolina marks Confederate Memorial Day on Tuesday

“It is unconscionable that any American would celebrate – or through government action be forced to celebrate – the systemic anti-Black racism of the Confederacy,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We urge South Carolina lawmakers to quickly take action to end this holiday and replace it with one that promotes unity, not division and white supremacy.” 

He noted that CAIR previously welcomed the bill ending the holiday. 

SEE: CAIR Welcomes South Carolina Bill to Drop Confederate Memorial Day Holiday 

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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, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,