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CAIR Supports Revision to Virginia School Policy to Prohibit Students from Wearing Confederate Flag

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/26/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today supported a proposed  revision to a Virginia school board’s student conduct policy that would prohibit clothing that symbolizes Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nation-White Supremacy, Neo-Nazi, racial hate groups, or Confederate flags.  

The Winchester School Board’s proposed dress code change would ban students from wearing clothing that is racially divisive at school, on school property, or at school-sponsored activities.  

SEE: Proposed change would ban WPS students from wearing Confederate flag  

https://www.winchesterstar.com/winchester_star/proposed-change-would-ban-wps-students-from-wearing-confederate-flag/article_7611b2ab-a4e1-5d3a-b8c9-7fba26a354d2.html

In a statement, CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw said:     

“We support this proposal as a step in the right direction because it would make clear that our society does not welcome the racist, white supremacist ideology that the Confederate flag represents.”    

CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate symbols and racist laws nationwide.  

SEE: CAIR-Kentucky Condemns Raising of Confederate Flag at Middle School  

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

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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 Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com   

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