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CAIR Welcomes Plans to Relocate Baltimore’s Confederate Monuments as ‘Step in Right Direction’ After Charlottesville Violence

(BALTIMORE, MD, 8/14/17) – The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today welcomed news that the Baltimore Mayor’s office has placed into motion plans to relocate Confederate monuments from public property in several locations around the city. 

SEE: Baltimore mayor: Confederate statue removal moving forward

The announcement was made Monday morning after violence erupted and a state of emergency was declared in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend in response to that city’s plan to remove a confederate statue from a local park. White national, white supremacist, and neo-Nazi groups descended upon the central Virginia city to protest the statue removal, clashing with anti-racist groups who arrived to counter-protest. 

SEE: A Guide to the Violence in Charlottesville

At least one person was killed and some two dozen injured when 20-year-old James Fields Jr. rammed a gray Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter-protesters, police said.  

SEE: CAIR Condemns Terror Attack on Va. Anti-Racist Rally, Decries Trump’s ‘Failure of Moral Leadership’

“Removing or relocating from public property all monuments that symbolize white supremacy, hatred, and racism is a crucial and appropriate response to the violence of this weekend,” said CAIR Spokesperson Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “Monuments in public spaces represent what our cities seek to represent as their core beliefs. They shape identity and influence societal values. The enduring values of our cities cannot be rooted in white supremacy. We applaud this move by the Mayor’s office that will make it clear that hate has no place in Baltimore.” 

Mayor Pugh said in her statement that it is her intention to “remove all four of Baltimore’s confederate monuments including the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue, the Confederate Women’s Monument on West University Parkway, the Roger B. Taney Monument on Mount Vernon Place and the Robert E. Lee and Thomas. J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR Spokesperson Dr. Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

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