(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/17/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today offered support for a call to remove a Confederate monument from outside a courthouse in Alabama.
That monument, with an image of a Confederate soldier and flag, is located outside the Marshall County Courthouse in Albertville, Ala. It was first placed at an old railroad depot in 1996 and later moved to the courthouse in 2005.
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In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:
“Monuments honoring Confederate traitors who defended slavery and white supremacy are particularly problematic when they are located at public institutions that must provide equal justice for all members of a diverse society. We support the call to remove this monument and ask that it be replaced with a marker honoring those who sought to defend and expand civil rights and due process of law.”
He noted that earlier this month, CAIR welcomed a call to remove the Confederate flag from the Alabama coat of arms.
SEE: CAIR Supports Removal of Confederate Legacy in Va., Ala., Fla.; Condemns Distribution of Neo-Nazi Material in Colo.
In October, CAIR welcomed the removal of a Confederate monument from in front of
the Madison County Courthouse in Huntsville, Ala.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes Removal of Alabama Confederate Monument, Condemns NC Candidate’s Racist Attack on Journalist
Hooper added that CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate holidays, symbols and racist laws nationwide.
He said the American Muslim community and CAIR are standing 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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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.
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org