(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/16/2020) — 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 in Lexington, N.C., and urged other North Carolina counties to follow suit.
Davidson County leaders reached an agreement with the United Daughters of the Confederacy to remove the monument that stood in uptown Lexington for 115 years.
SEE: Confederate monument in NC removed after 115 years
Earlier this week in downtown Elkin, N.C., white supremacist stickers promoted the group Patriot Front, which the Southern Poverty Law Center designates as a white nationalist hate group. Similar stickers were also found by a CAIR staffer in Pender County, N.C.
SEE: White supremacy stickers found downtown
Patriot Front Stickers at Pender County Courthouse
In a statement, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said:
These monuments are defended under the illusion of honoring fallen soldiers when they were actually erected as a reminder of the white supremacy that plagues our nation. As a resident of Pender County, I am disappointed that my county has yet to remove a confederate monument that stands at the county courthouse reminding all those who enter that justice has not always prevailed.
She added that CAIR welcomes the fact that 100 confederate symbols have been removed since the murder of George Floyd.
SEE: SPLC’S Whose Heritage? Reports Over 100 Confederate Symbols Removed Since George Floyd’s Murder
The American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.
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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.