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CAIR Welcomes Removal of Confederate Statue, Condemns Neo-Nazi Propaganda in Virginia

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/10/2021) – 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 Isle of Wight County, Va., and condemned neo-Nazi propaganda found in in that same state. 

In Isle of Wight County, the Confederate statue was transported to private property after having been on display outside the county courthouse for more than 115 years. The move came after the Board of Supervisors voted in February to get rid of the statue. After its removal, someone placed Confederate flags at the site. 

SEE: Confederate monument in Isle of Wight County taken down, moved to new home

Confederate flags put in place of recently removed monument in Isle of Wight 

in Greene County, Va., neo-Nazi flyers were distributed to residents. The community was targeted by propaganda from the White Supremacist group New Order, whose letters contained white supremacist language. 

SEE: Neo-Nazi Flyers are Scattered

“As we welcome positive initiatives to remove and repudiate our nation’s legacy of slavery and white supremacy, it is more important than ever to speak out against those who spread hatred and bigotry,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. 

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

SEE: CAIR Joins Call for Info on Alleged Anti-Asian Incident in Crystal City, Virginia 

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.    

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,