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CAIR Welcomes Bipartisan House Vote to Remove Statues of Confederate, Slavery Supporters from Capitol in D.C.

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/30/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a 285-120 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to remove statues in the U.S. Capitol of people who served the Confederacy or otherwise worked to uphold slavery.

All votes against the bill were cast by Republicans, but 67 GOP lawmakers voted for the bill.

House again passes bill to remove racist symbols from Capitol

CAIR had offered support for the removal of the statues.

SEE: CAIR Supports Bill to Remove Confederate, Slavery Supporter Statues from Capitol in D.C.

The bill, authored by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, would remove 10 statues of Confederate statues currently on display in the National Statuary Hall in the Capitol. It would also replace a bust of Roger Brooke Taney, the Chief Justice who issued the infamous Dred Scott decision which declared that African-Americans were not citizens and that Congress could not prohibit slavery in the territories.

“We welcome this bipartisan vote to remove symbols of treason, slavery and white supremacy from the halls of Congress,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.”

McCaw also noted that CAIR welcomed the passing of the previous version of the bill by the House last year.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes House Vote to Remove Confederate Statues From U.S. Capitol Building

CAIR has supported the removal of Confederate statues and symbols across the country.

SEE: CAIR Urges Rejection of W.Va. Bill to Protect Confederate Statues, Supports Removal of La. Confederate Statue, Welcomes Suspension of D.C. Capitol Cop Over Anti-Semitic Doc

CAIR Backs Virginia Bill Allowing Removal of Confederate Statues

CAIR Supports Lawsuit Seeking Removal of Confederate Monument from Maryland Courthouse Lawn

The American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.   

SEE: Following Derek Chauvin Sentencing, CAIR Calls on Senate to Pass Stalled George Floyd Justice in Police Act

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.      

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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