(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/11/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed support for the effort to repeal racist laws from the Acts of Assembly in Virginia.
These laws may not be actively effective or enforced, but they are preserved in the Acts of Assembly, a book of laws passed by legislators on any given year. Examples of discriminatory language include laws banning school integration and prohibiting people of different races living in the same neighborhoods.
SEE: Racist laws enshrined in Va. books uncovered, lawmakers tasked with repealing
In a statement, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said:
“While these laws are mostly inactive, we support the effort to repeal them as they should be removed from the Acts of Assembly to reflect the inclusive society we all strive to create.”
Last month, CAIR said a decision by a Virginia school board to allow the Confederate flag on clothing worn to school will create a “hostile learning environment” for minority students.
SEE: CAIR Says Decision to Allow Confederate Flag on Students’ Clothing in Virginia Creates ‘Hostile Learning Environment’
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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.