(WASHINGTON D.C., 8/18/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today supported a call by the NAACP to remove a Confederate statue from outside the Randolph County courthouse in Asheboro, N.C., and welcomed an FBI hate crime awareness campaign in Tennessee.
In North Carolina, leaders of a local NAACP branch in Randolph County will hold a press conference this evening to call for the statue’s removal. The civil rights organization will show a series of videos explaining the history of the county during the Civil War and of the statue. The NAACP has made several efforts to get the statue removed.
SEE: NAACP Seeks Removal of Confederate Statue
In Tennessee, the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee are launching an awareness campaign reminding local communities about the importance of reporting hate crimes. Hate crimes are on the rise in that state, with 117 committed in 2019.
SEE: FBI launches Hate Crime Awareness Campaign in Middle Tennessee
“As racism and white supremacy continue to grow in our society and to negatively impact minority communities, it is essential that all public and private institutions do their part to challenge this dangerous trend,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We support and welcome every measure to combat hate, whether in the form of removing monuments to systemic anti-Black racism and slavery, or in the form of empowering communities to report bias-motivated crimes.”
Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand 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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