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CAIR Welcomes Vote to Remove Racist Language from Alabama’s Constitution, New Mississippi Flag

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/4/2020) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed voter approval of a constitutional amendment to remove racist language from the Alabama constitution.    

Last night, voters cast their ballots on Amendment 4 that would remove outdated and racist language from the 1901 Alabama constitution. The Alabama constitution references school segregation between white and “colored children.” In 2000, Alabama was the last state to remove a ban on interracial marriage.  

CAIR had supported that constitutional change. 

SEE: CAIR Supports Proposed Amendment to Remove Racist Language from Alabama’s Constitution 

SEE ALSO: Voters OK amendment to remove racist language from state Constitution  

Alabama Amendment 4, Authorize Legislature to Recompile the State Constitution Measure (2020)  

Some 66.4% of Alabama voters agreed to pass Amendment 4, with only 33.6% voting against.  

The amendment will allow for the reconstruction of the state constitution in an effort to eradicate the racist and dated language of the past. The new version of the state constitution is expected to be drafted by the state legislature in the year 2022 and may only be adopted with majority approval of voters. 

Racist language to be removed includes Section 256 of Article XIV, which states: “Separate schools shall be provided for white and colored children, and no child of either race shall be permitted to attend a school of the other race.”  

SEE: Push to remove racist language from Alabama’s constitution on November ballot  

SEE: Alabama Election Results  

“We welcome this move toward removing the stain of anti-Black racism and white supremacy from Alabama’s constitution and hope the decision by voters sends a message to political leaders nationwide that bigotry is no longer tolerated or excused in America,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.  

Hooper also welcomed the voter approval of a new state flag in Mississippi that replaces a Confederate-themed one state lawmakers retired months ago. 

SEE: Mississippi approves flag with magnolia, ‘In God We Trust’ to replace Confederate-themed flag 

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.          

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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