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CAIR Welcomes Removal of Wisconsin Rock with Racist History, Decries Vote to Keep Confederate Statue in Virginia

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/20/2020) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the removal of Chamberlin Rock from the University of Wisconsin Madison campus because of its racist past and decried the decision to keep a Confederate monument in Franklin County, Va.  

Students on campus opposed the rock and its history of racial oppression because in the 1920s, the Chamberlin Rock was referred to by a racial slur.  

SEE: UW set to remove Chamberlin Rock due to its racist past

In Rocky Mount Va., the Franklin County Board of Supervisors voted to keep a Confederate monument standing outside of the Franklin County courthouse. 

SEE: Franklin County supervisors vote to keep Confederate statue at courthouse

“Every remnant of our nation’s unfortunate history of anti-Black racism and white supremacy should be removed and replaced with symbols that honor inclusion and respect for diversity,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.    

He said the American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy. 

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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,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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