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CAIR Welcomes Va. Supreme Court Ruling Allowing State to Remove Richmond Robert E. Lee Statue

(WASHINGTON D.C., 9/2/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court allowing the state to remove a statue of Confederate commander Robert E. Lee in Richmond.

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the 21-foot bronze equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee could be removed from its location in the state capital. The ruling came in two lawsuits seeking to block the statue’s removal. Ten days after the killing of George Floyd last year, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced plans to remove the statue, which would become the epicenter of protests against racial injustice and police brutality. 

SEE: Gen. Lee Statue Can be Removed, Virginia Supreme Court Rules

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:

Robert E. Lee fought a war against this nation for the sake of slavery and white supremacy. Such actions do not deserve to be honored with memorials on public land. We welcome the Virginia Supreme Court’s ruling allowing the removal of this statue, and urge all cities nationwide to rid themselves of all symbols of systemic anti-Black racism and bigotry.”

Hooper noted that CAIR applauded Governor Northam’s decision to remove the statue last year.

SEE: CAIR Applauds Planned Removal of Statue Honoring ‘White Supremacist and Traitor’ Robert E. Lee’s in Richmond, Virginia

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

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