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CAIR Renews Call for Alabama to Drop Holiday Honoring Confederate Traitor Jefferson Davis

CAIR Renews Call for Alabama to Drop Holiday Honoring Confederate Traitor Jefferson Davis

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/7/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today renewed its call for Alabama leaders and lawmakers to take concrete action to drop a holiday – celebrated today – that honors confederate racist and traitor Jefferson Davis. CAIR made a similar call last year.

SEE: CAIR Calls on Alabama to Drop Holiday Honoring Confederate ‘Racist and Traitor’ Jefferson Davis

Davis, who was president of the Confederacy, was born on June 3 and his birthday is commemorated in Alabama on the first Monday in June.

SEE: Alabama marks statewide holiday for Confederacy President Monday, should it continue?

Jefferson Davis birthday 2021: Monday is a state holiday in Alabama, offices closed

“It is appalling that any state would continue to honor the man who sought to destroy our nation in support of slavery, systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Every citizen should contact their elected representatives to demand that Alabama cease honoring a traitor and racist.”

He noted that Alabama also celebrates Robert E. Lee’s birthday on the third Monday in January and Confederate Memorial Day on the fourth Monday in April.

CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate holidays, symbols and racist laws nationwide.

Hooper 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.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Vandalism of Black Wall Street Gallery on Anniversary of Tulsa Race Massacre

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,     

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