(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/2/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a decision by the state of North Carolina to ban the Confederate flag from new license plates and offered support for the removal of a Confederate statue from outside a courthouse in Alabama.
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will no longer issue specialty license plates with the Confederate battle flag. That specialty plate was previously issued to members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization.
SEE: North Carolina stops issuing specialty Confederate license plates, DMV says
In Alabama’s Limestone County, calls are growing for removal of a Confederate monument in front of the county courthouse. Those opposed to the statue took part in a county commission meeting on Monday.
SEE: Local group calls for removal of a Confederate monument in Limestone County
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“We must not honor traitors who sought to perpetuate white supremacy and to destroy our nation,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “All symbols of support for the racist Confederacy should be removed and relegated to the dustbin of history.”
He noted that CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate holidays, symbols and racist laws.
SEE: CAIR Condemns Louisiana ‘Whites-Only’ Cemetery, White Supremacist Graffiti in Kentucky
Yesterday, CAIR condemned a racist bank charge after a Black woman traveled with American Airlines from Charlotte Douglas Airport and supported a fine against a former Idaho resident for racist robocalls.
SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist Bank Charge in North Carolina, Supports Fine Against Montana Nazi-Sympathizer
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.