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CAIR Welcomes Decision of Virginia County to Rename Roads Named for Confederates, Segregationists

(WASHINGTON D.C., 7/7/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today welcomed a decision by the Board of Supervisors of Virginia’s Loudoun County to begin the process to rename roads named for Confederate and segregationist figures.

SEE: Loudoun Supervisors Launch Changes to Roads Named for Confederates, Segregationists

A county review of public facilities identified 16 public roads named for Confederate and segregationist figures, including Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, and J.E.B Stuart. The Board of Supervisors voted 8-0-1 to develop a work plan and public process for renaming the roads, and 7-1-1 to come up with cost estimates for hiring consultants to determine the origins of road names that were unclear. 

“We applaud the decision by Loudoun County officials to remove the names of traitors and white supremacists from public roads,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Ending the practice of honoring of those who fought to uphold slavery and systemic anti-Black racism is crucial to removing the destructive legacy of the Confederacy.”

He noted that yesterday, CAIR called on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to remove the names of Confederate and segregationist figures from public roads.

SEE: CAIR Joins Call for N. Virginia County to Rename Roads Named for Confederate, Segregationist Leaders

Hooper added that CAIR has repeatedly urged and supported the removal of Confederate symbols nationwide.

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

CAIR Supports Challenge to Wisconsin Confederate Flag Display, Welcomes Sentencing for Indiana Cross Burning

CAIR Supports Effort to Rename Alabama School Named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee

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: CAIR-MA Calls for Probe into Alleged Anti-Muslim Statement by Sharon Police Chief

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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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