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CAIR Welcomes Removal of Confederate Memorabilia from Tennessee Jury Room

(WASHINGTON D.C., 6/22/22) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a decision to remove Confederate memorabilia from a jury room in Tennessee.

That jury room in Giles County, Tenn., will be redecorated after the Tennessee Historical Commission last week ruled the Confederate memorabilia could be moved to a museum.

SEE: Giles County to remove Confederate memorabilia from jury room

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2022/06/22/giles-county-remove-confederate-memorabilia-jury-room/7661037001/

Last year, CAIR welcomed a decision by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals to grant a new trial to a Black man convicted of aggravated assault by an all-white jury that deliberated in that same jury room. Research has shown a link between racist symbols and biased behavior.

SEE: Racism May Be Built Into Some Courtrooms

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sound-science-sound-policy/202206/racism-may-be-built-some-courtrooms

“We welcome the decision to remove these symbols of racist hate and hope their removal will help ensure fair trials for all defendants, regardless of their background,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

He said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging systemic anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, antisemitism, white supremacy and all other forms of bigotry.   

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.          

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, iallison@cair.com 

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