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CAIR Supports Proposed Amendment to Remove Racist Language from Alabama’s Constitution

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/8/2020) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed support for a proposed amendment on the November ballot to remove racist language from the Alabama constitution.   

In November, voters will be able to vote on Amendment 4 that would remove outdated and racist language from the 1901 Alabama constitution. The Alabama constitution references school segregation between white and “colored children.” In 2000, Alabama was the last state to remove a ban on interracial marriage. 

Racist language to be removed includes Section 256 of Article XIV, which states: “Separate schools shall be provided for white and colored children, and no child of either race shall be permitted to attend a school of the other race.” 

SEE: Push to remove racist language from Alabama’s constitution on November ballot  

Proposed amendments to Alabama’s constitution will be on November 3 ballot
https://www.wtvy.com/2020/09/21/proposed-amendments-to-alabamas-constitution-will-be-on-november-3-ballot/ 

Alabama Amendment 4, Authorize Legislature to Recompile the State Constitution Measure (2020) 

https://ballotpedia.org/Alabama_Amendment_4,_Authorize_Legislature_to_Recompile_the_State_Constitution_Measure_(2020)

“Remnants of anti-Black racism and white supremacy must be removed from places of honor in Alabama and nationwide,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Leaving racist laws and symbols in place only perpetuates the vicious legacy of white supremacy.” 

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

SEE: CAIR Condemns Hate Assault of Latino Men in Tennessee, Supports Firing of Tennessee Dispatcher for Posting Racial Slur 

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 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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