(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/25/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today welcomed the removal of a confederate statue in Emporia, Va., and the plan to remove a confederate monument from Asheville, N.C.
In Virginia, a confederate statue was removed from Courthouse Square in Emporia and transported to the Emporia Cemetery. On July 1, 2020, a law signed by Gov. Ralph Northam went into effect, allowing localities to remove Confederate monument. The Greensville County Board of Supervisors previously agreed to pay costs associated with the statue’s relocation and its base.
SEE: Confederate statue removed from Courthouse Square in Emporia
In North Carolina, Asheville’s City Council voted Tuesday evening to remove the Vance Monument from its spot in the city’s main public space. The monument is named after Zebulon Vance, North Carolina’s governor during the Civil War.
SEE: Asheville City Council Approves Removal of Vance Monument
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Previously CAIR offered support for a North Carolina initiative to remove all Confederate statues from state courthouses.
SEE: CAIR Supports North Carolina Initiative to Remove All Confederate Monuments from State Courthouses
Efforts Underway to Remove Confederate Monuments from N.C. Courthouses
“Only by removing symbols honoring America’s legacy of slavery, anti-Black racism and white supremacy can we move forward as a nation,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We welcome the removal of any monument honoring Confederates or the Confederacy and urge that all such monuments be removed nationwide.”
He noted that CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate holidays, symbols and racist laws.
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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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.
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com