(WASHINGTON D.C., 7/19/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the removal of a statue of Confederate general Alfred Mouton from the front of city hall in Lafayette, La.
SEE: Confederate statue removed from city hall in Louisiana after 99 years
The statue, which stood outside of Lafayette’s city hall for 99 years, was removed Saturday following a statement signed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) agreeing to allow the city to move it. Move the Mindset, a group founded in 2016 to push for the removal of the statue, was threatened with a lawsuit by the UDC. This prompted Move the Mindset to launch a campaign raising awareness about the statue’s Jim-Crow era history and the racist implications of keeping the statue at city hall.
“We welcome the removal of this memorial to a defender of slavery and white supremacy, and we thank all those who worked to remove this symbol of the dark legacy of the Confederacy from a place of honor,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
He noted that CAIR has repeatedly urged and supported the removal of Confederate symbols.
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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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