(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/18/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today supported a bill introduced by Arkansas State Representative Andrew Collins (D) and State Senator Breanne Davis (R) to repeal Confederate Flag Day in that state. [NOTE: Each year, Confederate Flag Day is the Saturday before Easter Sunday.]
SEE: Legislators propose end to Confederate Flag Day in Arkansas
Arkansas leaders propose bill to repeal Confederate Flag Day
“As we saw January 6th in our nation’s capital, Confederate flags remain a poisonous symbol of treason, racism and white supremacy,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “States must purge all elements of society that honor traitors who sought – and continue to seek – the destruction of America.”
Hooper noted that theArkansas state flag still has a star that was added to represent the Confederacy.
He said CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate holidays, symbols and racist laws.
Earlier this month, CAIR supported the removal of a Confederate monument in front of the Botetourt County courthouse in Fincastle, Va.
SEE: CAIR Supports Removal of Confederate Monument From Virginia Courthouse
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.
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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.