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CAIR Welcomes Removal of Virginia Confederate Statue, Urges Removal of Another Statue in State  

(WASHINGTON D.C., 8/27/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the removal of a Confederate statue in Northampton County, Va., and urged the removal of another Confederate statue in Parsley, Va. 

In January, county supervisors voted 3-1 to remove the statue in the wake of the January 6th insurrection. On Wednesday, crews began working to dismantle the statue and by Thursday morning, it was loaded onto a truck and sent to a storage facility. It was one of two Confederate statues on Virginia’s eastern shore. The other Confederate statue is located in Parsley and is still standing.  

SEE: Northampton County’s Confederate Monument Removed, Headed for Storage

“We welcome the removal of this monument to white supremacy, slavery and systemic anti-Black racism, and urge the removal of all such monuments in Virginia and nationwide,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “These monuments to traitors were put up as a way to maintain systemic racism, and their removal is a necessary step toward a more just and equitable society for all Americans.” 

He noted that CAIR has repeatedly urged and supported the removal of Confederate symbols nationwide.   

SEE: CAIR Supports NAACP Call to Remove Confederate Statue from N.C. Courthouse, Welcomes FBI Hate Crime Awareness Campaign in Tenn.  

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’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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