(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/28/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed support for a bill that would remove statues in the U.S. Capitol of people who served the Confederacy or otherwise worked to uphold slavery.
SEE: House to vote next week on removing Confederate statues from Capitol
The bill, authored by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, would remove 10 statues of Confederate statues currently on display in the National Statuary Hall in the Capitol. It would also replace a bust of Roger Brooke Taney, the Chief Justice who issued the infamous Dred Scott decision which declared that African-Americans were not citizens and that Congress could not prohibit slavery in the territories. A previous version of the Bill was passed by the House last year but stalled in the Senate. It is under consideration in the Rules Committee today.
“Monuments to white supremacy, slavery, and systemic anti-Black racism do not belong in any institution dedicated to democracy and should at long last be removed,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We hope that the House will pass this important legislation and end the veneration of traitorous Confederate and pro-slavery figures.”
McCaw also noted that CAIR welcomed the passing of the previous version of the bill by the House last year.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes House Vote to Remove Confederate Statues From U.S. Capitol Building
CAIR has supported the removal of Confederate statues and symbols across the country.
SEE: CAIR Urges Rejection of W.Va. Bill to Protect Confederate Statues, Supports Removal of La. Confederate Statue, Welcomes Suspension of D.C. Capitol Cop Over Anti-Semitic Doc
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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: Following Derek Chauvin Sentencing, CAIR Calls on Senate to Pass Stalled George Floyd Justice in Police Act
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.
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