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CAIR Supports UNC-Chapel Hill Students in ‘Silent Sam’ Confederate Statue Case

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/15/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed support for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) students and faculty seeking to intervene in a settlement between the UNC System and a pro-Confederate group. 

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed an appeal on behalf of five students and a faculty member who want to intervene in the settlement over the Confederate statue on UNC’s campus known as “Silent Sam.”

SEE: NC Students Back in Court Over Confederate Statue Case

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said: 

“As a recent graduate from UNC, I saw the negative effect this Confederate monument and the decisions regarding it had on the student body. We support those taking this issue to court and hope harmony will soon replace the hostility caused by these statues on college campuses.” 

Earlier today, CAIR said a decision by a Virginia school board to allow the Confederate flag on clothing worn to school will create a “hostile learning environment” for minority students.

SEE: CAIR Says Decision to Allow Confederate Flag on Students’ Clothing in Virginia Creates ”˜Hostile Learning Environment’

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Anti-Semitic Vandalism

CAIR-Sacramento Valley Condemns Neo-Nazi 'White Power' Vandalism Targeting Orangevale Sikh Center

CAIR’s 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.


CONTACT:”¯CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,


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