(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/2/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the apparent removal of an image of the Confederate flag from the logo of the police department of Gettysburg, S.D.
Yesterday CAIR joined with George Floyd’s uncle, Selwyn Jones, in calling for the flag’s removal.
SEE: CAIR Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag From South Dakota Police Logo
Jones, one of the few Black residents of Gettysburg, said that the logo is gone from police vehicles, the police station and all other visible locations.
SEE: Under Pressure, South Dakota Police Emblem with Confederate Flag Gone From View (Star Tribune)
In a statement, CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:
“We welcome this apparent decision to remove a symbol of racism, white supremacy and slavery from the department’s logo, vehicles and facilities. All such symbols honoring the traitors and racists of the Confederacy should be eliminated nationwide.”
He said CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism and white supremacy. CAIR recently unveiled a Black Lives Matter banner on its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., containing the names of hundreds of victims of racist police violence, including George Floyd.
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Hooper noted that the Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Trump as president.
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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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com