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CAIR Welcomes Removal of Alabama Confederate Monument, Condemns NC Candidate’s Racist Attack on Journalist

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/23/2020) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the removal of a Confederate monument from in front of an Alabama courthouse and condemned a North Carolina House candidate for his racist attack on a journalist.     

A Confederate monument in front of the Madison County Courthouse in Huntsville, Ala., was removed early this morning. The statue will be placed at a local cemetery.   

SEE: Confederate monument in Huntsville removed overnight  

https://www.al.com/news/2020/10/confederate-monument-in-huntsville-removed-overnight.html

Earlier this month, CAIR expressed support for a proposed amendment on the November ballot to remove racist language from the Alabama constitution.    

SEE: CAIR Supports Proposed Amendment to Remove Racist Language from Alabama’s Constitution  

In North Carolina, GOP candidate Madison Cawthorn attacked a journalist for going to “work for non-white males, like Cory Booker, who aims to ruin white males running for office.” The racist attack has since received backlash.  

SEE: NC GOPer Tries to Clean Up Racist Attack On Those Who ‘Ruin White Males Running For Office’  

“Anti-Black racism and white supremacy must be challenged in whatever form they appear nationwide,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Racist rhetoric and symbols only serve to perpetuate the vicious legacy of white supremacy.”  

He said the American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.   

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Firing of Ind. Officer for Neo-Nazi Ties, Condemns Racist Vandalism on Native Land in Minn. and Racist Halloween Display in Wyo.  

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its 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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 

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