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CAIR Welcomes Vote to Remove Confederate Statue from Outside Va. Courthouse

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/19/2021) – 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 in front of the county courthouse in Isle of Wight County, Va.  

The Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to relocate the statue.

SEE: Isle of Wight County votes to remove Confederate monument from public property 

Isle of Wight votes to move monument

“Statues honoring white supremacy and slavery send a negative message to all minority communities and should have no place at any of our nation’s courthouses,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. 

He added that Washington, D.C.–based CAIR and the American Muslim community 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 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.            


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Manager Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,     

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