(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/23/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today supported calls for the renaming of the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Va., currently named for a Confederate physician.
Hunter Holmes McGuire was a doctor in the Confederate army and was the personal doctor to Stonewall Jackson, one of the most famous Confederate generals of the Civil War. The doctor reportedly suggested castrating Black men and was accused of sexual crimes.
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In a statement, CAIR Communications Manager Ayan Ajeen said:
“We support renaming this medical center to instead honor one of the many Black men and women who died in the Civil War to free this country from slavery and white supremacy. Rather than honoring and memorializing those who stood for racism, we should honor Americans who risked their lives for equality and freedom.”
She said 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 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.
CONTACT: CAIR Communications Manager Ayan Ajeen, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org