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CAIR Supports N.C. Efforts to Remove Confederate Monuments, Condemns Racist Post by Student in Iowa, Bill to Block Anti-Racism Teaching Iowa Schools

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/3/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today supported the removal two Confederate monuments in Person County, N.C., condemned a racist social media post in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and a proposed Iowa bill that would block anti-racism teaching in schools.    

In Roxboro, N.C., a local group is pushing to relocate two Confederate monuments from in front of the Person County Courthouse. A local non-profit, Personians Against Injustice and Racism (PAIR), has organized protests and petitions outside the courthouse.   

SEE: Roxboro residents raising money to relocate Confederate monuments from county courthouse   

https://www.wral.com/roxboro-residents-raising-money-to-relocate-confederate-monuments-from-county-courthouse/19505895/

In Iowa, proposed bill House File 222 would reduce funding for public schools each day the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project was used as part of a history class’ curriculum. The 1619 Project reframes American history through slavery and show its effects on the nation today. The bill is similar to other pieces of legislation introduced in Mississippi and Arkansas.   

SEE: Proposed Iowa bill would reduce funding in schools if the ’1619 Project’ is taught   

https://www.kcrg.com/2021/02/03/proposed-iowa-bill-would-reduce-funding-in-schools-if-the-1619-project-is-taught/

In Cedar Falls, Iowa, a Cedar Falls High School student posted an image wearing a black skincare face mask with a caption that includes the N-word.  

SEE: Another racist social media post within Cedar Falls schools under investigation   

“We urge cities and states to not only remove symbols of our nation’s white supremacist legacy, but also to condemn current manifestations of racism and educate young people about the negative impact of anti-Black racism and other forms of bigotry,” said CAIR National Communications Manager Ayan Ajeen.  

SEE: CAIR-SFBA Welcomes Arrest After Horrifying Attack on Elderly Man in San Francisco  

She noted that in the past, CAIR has called on the removal of other Confederate monuments in North Carolina. 

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Removal of Confederate Monument in North Carolina, Urges Removal of Others in the State, Condemns White Supremacist Stickers   

Ajeen said Washington-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.         

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner         

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its 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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Manager Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, aajeen@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com   

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