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CAIR Welcomes Vote to Remove Confederate Monument from North Carolina Courthouse

Muslim civil rights group also decries Alabama’s rejection of bill allowing removal of Confederate monuments

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/5/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today welcomed a vote to remove a Confederate monument from outside a courthouse in Statesville, N.C.  

North Carolina’s Iredell County commissioners voted 4 to 1 Tuesday to relocate the statue of a Confederate soldier.

SEE: County votes to move Confederate statue from courthouse lawn. Cost, timeline still unknown.

https://statesville.com/news/local/county-votes-to-move-confederate-statue-from-courthouse-lawn-cost-timeline-still-unknown/article_b0eb68e4-7c2f-11eb-854a-5f39b6116190.html

CAIR had previously joined the local NAACP in calling for the removal of the monument outside of the Iredell County Government Center.

SEE: CAIR Joins N.C. NAACP in Seeking Removal of Confederate Monument

“We welcome this vote to remove a symbol of slavery, racism and white supremacy from the grounds of an institution that must treat every person equally before the law,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “All similar symbols of bigotry should be removed from every public space.”

Hooper also decried the decision by Alabama’s House Judiciary Committee to reject legislation that would give cities and counties an avenue to take down Confederate monuments.

SEE: Alabama lawmakers vote to keep Confederate monument protections https://altoday.com/archives/39353-alabama-lawmakers-vote-to-keep-confederate-monument-protections

He noted that CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate holidays, symbols and racist laws.

SEE: CAIR Supports Removal of Confederate Statue in South Carolina, Dropping Confederate Highway Name in 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.    

VIDEO: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner    

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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