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CAIR Supports NAACP, Coalition Suit Seeking Removal of NC Confederate Monument

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/6/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a lawsuit by a coalition, including the NAACP, seeking the removal of a Confederate monument in front of Iredell County’s government center in Statesville, N.C.

That lawsuit by a coalition of local residents, NAACP chapters and a clergy group seeks an order directing the Iredell Board of County Commissioners to move the statue from the grounds of the government center.

SEE: Lawsuit Seeks Removal of Iredell County Confederate Monument

https://www.bpr.org/post/lawsuit-seeks-removal-iredell-county-confederate-monument#stream/0

Group files lawsuit to remove Confederate monument from Iredell County Government Center

https://www.wbtv.com/2021/05/04/group-files-lawsuit-remove-confederate-monument-iredell-county-government-center/

Robert E. Lee descendant joins legal fight to remove Confederate statue from NC site

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article251159794.html

Earlier this year, CAIR condemned the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) hate group’s targeting of those opposed to the monument. CAIR also welcomed a vote to remove that monument.

SEE: CAIR Condemns KKK’s Targeting of Anti-Racist Activists in North Carolina

“We support and thank the NAACP and all the coalition members for their efforts to remove a symbol of slavery, systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “All Americans should do whatever they can to repudiate racism and to educate others about the negative impact of bigotry on our society.”

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.   

SEE: CAIR Condemns Legislative Effort to Ban Anti-Racism Teaching in Tennessee

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.  

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 

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