WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/4/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the states of Alabama, South Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia to ban the use of confederate symbols on vehicle license plates.
Earlier this week, CAIR welcomed a decision by the state of North Carolina to ban the Confederate flag from new license plates. That decision left eight states still issuing Sons of Confederate Veterans tags. Legislation is pending in South Carolina to ban the tags, while in Tennessee, moves to cancel the tags have been unsuccessful.
In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Texas could reject a Sons of Confederate Veterans specialty plate bearing the Confederate flag. The court ruled that license plates are speech by the government. Maryland recalled Confederate plates and Virginia features an alternate design to the Confederate flag.
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“No state should promote a symbol of the traitors who sought to perpetuate slavery and white supremacy,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Every time a confederate flag is placed on a state’s license plate, it is a tacit state endorsement of racism.”
He noted that CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate holidays, symbols and racist laws.
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Washington-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.