(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/15/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined the growing call to remove a Confederate symbol from the Mississippi state flag.
Mississippi is currently the only state flag that still incorporates the Confederate flag.
Recent anti-racism protests following the killing of George Floyd have resulted in the removal of Confederate statues, monuments and symbols nationwide. The U.S. Marine Corps recently banned all displays of the Confederate battle flag from its public spaces and work areas. NASCAR also banned the display of the flag.
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“Mississippi should join the growing movement nationwide against Confederate symbols by removing this relic of racism and white supremacy from its state flag,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper added that CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate holidays, symbols and racist laws nationwide.
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He noted that CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-black racism.
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.