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CAIR Supports Effort to Remove Confederate Flag from Alabama Coat of Arms, Welcomes Change of Virginia Lake’s Confederate Name

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/29/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today supported an effort underway in the Alabama legislature to remove the Confederate flag from that state’s coat of arms and welcomed a decision to change a Virginia lake’s Confederate name.

In Alabama, the state’s coat of arms includes symbols of the five nations that have at various times held sovereignty over Alabama, one of which was the Confederate States of America. A debate is underway in the legislature to seek a redesign of the coat of arms without the Confederate symbol.

SEE: Alabama debates removing Confederate battle flag from coat of arms

In Virginia, the Culpeper, Va., a town council committee recommended Lake Culpeper as the new name for a local reservoir, replacing Lake Pelham, which was named for a Confederate artillery officer.

SEE: Town panel says Lake Culpeper should replace reservoir’s Confederate name

“We support and welcome any and all efforts to remove or repudiate our nation’s sad legacy of slavery and white supremacy,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We agree with President Biden’s statement last night that ‘white supremacy is terrorism,” and all symbols honoring the white supremacists of the Confederacy should be removed.”

McCaw 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.   

Video: CAIR-NY ED Afaf Nasher Discusses Structural Inequalities in White Supremacy on PBS Panel

He noted thatyesterday, CAIR condemned racist vandalism of Native American petroglyphs in Utah and a bill to ban anti-racism teaching in Idaho. A CAIR representative also

CAIR Condemns ‘White Power’ Vandalism of Ancient Native American Art in Utah, Bill to Ban Anti-Racism Teaching in Idaho

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

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