(WASHINGTON D.C., 7/13/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a decision by North Carolina’s Pasquotank County Board of Commissioners to remove a monument dedicated to Confederate soldiers.
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Pasquotank board votes to move Confederate monument to private site
On Monday night, the Pasquotank Board of Commissioners voted 5-1 to move the monument from its location next to the county courthouse to private property in the western part of the county. Lawmakers first decided to move the monument last July.
“Defenders of slavery, white supremacy, and systemic anti-Black racism should not hold places of honor in our society,” CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said. “We welcome both the vote by the board of commissioners and the removal of a monument to racism.”
Hooper noted that CAIR has repeatedly urged and supported the removal of Confederate symbols nationwide.
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Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.
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