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CAIR Welcomes Decision to Remove Confederate Statues that Sparked Deadly White Supremacist, Neo-Nazi Rally in Charlottesville, Va.

(WASHINGTON D.C., 7/9/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today welcomed a decision by the city of Charlottesville, Va., to remove monuments to Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson that sparked a 2017 violent white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally in that city that resulted in the murder of Heather Heyer.

In a news release, the city said the bronze statues will be removed and stored until the city council decides where to move them.

SEE: Charlottesville to remove Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson

“We welcome the decision to finally remove these monuments to treason, slavery and white supremacy from the public sphere,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “When a nation continues to honor those who sought to defend slavery and systemic anti-Black racism, it is impossible to move forward as a just and inclusive society.”

He noted that earlier this week, CAIR 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: CAIR Renews Call to Remove Confederate Symbols Nationwide on 2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville White Supremacist Terror Attack

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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