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CAIR Welcomes Hate Crime Assault Arrest in Vermont, Confederate Monument Removal and Black History Exhibit in Virginia

(WASHINGTON D.C., 8/2/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the arrest of a hate crime suspect in Vermont and the installation of an exhibit highlighting Black history in Christiansburg, Va.  

CAIR also welcomed the removal of a Confederate monument in Franklin, Va. 

Yesterday afternoon, police arrested a Burlington, Vt., man who reportedly punched and kicked another man at around 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning. The victim told police the man made racist comments while assaulting him.  

SEE: Burlington Man Arrested for Assault, Hate Crime

On Saturday, crews in Franklin, Va., removed a 110-year-old Confederate monument from its spot in between two public roads. Franklin’s city council approved the relocation last year. The monument, which was erected in 1911 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, will be placed in a local cemetery.  

SEE: Crews Remove Franklin Confederate Monument for Relocation

In Christiansburg, Va., an exhibit focusing on Black history will be installed in the town square, a month after being approved by a 5-0 town council vote. The exhibit is a joint project by the Montgomery Museum of Art and History and Christiansburg Institute, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the history of a storied school for African-Americans that operated from 1867-1966. It will include information about slavery and the lives of African-Americans in Montgomery County.  

The exhibit will be installed next to a Confederate monument and a tree dubbed “Constitution Oak,” planted to celebrate Virginia’s 1901-2 constitutional convention that replaced the Reconstruction-era constitution of 1870 and destroyed African-American voting rights in the state.  

SEE: Truth-Telling Exhibit Planned for Christiansburg Town Square

In a statement, CAIR Research and Advocacy Coordinator Huzaifa Shahbaz said: 

Racism and white supremacy continue to present a serious threat to members of minority communities nationwide. We welcome all measures that educate the public about the legacy of white supremacy and that make it clear that racism and bigotry will no longer be tolerated in our society.” 

Shahbaz said 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.   

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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 Research and Advocacy Coordinator Huzaifa Shahbaz, 415-577-6065,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,   

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