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CAIR Welcomes Removal of N.C. Confederate Monument; Condemns Racist Email Targeting N.D. University Official, and Racially Motivated Attack on BLM Supporters in N.C.

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/9/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today welcomed the removal of a Confederate Monument in North Carolina and condemned two racist incidents– one, an email targeting the North Dakota State University (NDSU) President and the other, a racially motivated attack from a North Carolina man on Black Lives Matter supporters.  

In Asheville, N.C., a board of commissioners voted 7-0 to remove a stone pillar honoring a slave owning Civil War officer. The death of George Floyd put a spotlight on the monument which is erected in the highly populated Asheville square.  

SEE: NC county votes to remove Confederate monument honoring Civil War officer, former NC governor  

At NDSU in Fargo, N.D., President Dean Bresciani received a threatening racist email which described him as a “detriment” to the white race. The email was signed by an unofficial student group coined the European-American Student Union. NDSU has deployed a crisis task force to address what action to take to combat this racism. 

SEE: Threatening, racist email sent to NDSU President Dean Bresciani  

https://www.inforum.com/news/crime-and-courts/6793851-Threatening-racist-email-sent-to-NDSU-President-Dean-Bresciani

In Lewisville, N.C., a man attacked a family whose car displayed pro BLM and Breonna Taylor slogans. The alleged assailant punched two family member and faces two misdemeanor charges of assault. The family claims he also used racist language when approaching the family.  

SEE: NC man charged with assaulting family who had Black Lives Matter, Breonna Taylor signs  

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Manager Ayan Ajeen said:  

“CAIR stands with the Black Lives Matter community against white supremacy and remains steadfast in defense of equality and human dignity. No person should face harm on the basis of their race or any other attribute.” 

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, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com    

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