The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and local governments across the nation to respond to the deadly terrorist attack on anti-racist protests in Charlottesville, Va., by removing all government monuments and symbols that celebrate the Confederacy.
Hundreds of protesters from around the nation attended the “Unite the Right” rally on Saturday, to challenge the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park. One person was killed and at least 26 were injured when a car drove into a crowd of people peacefully protesting the racist rally.
Nihad Awad, national executive director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, told the Daily Caller on Monday that doing so would be a “fitting response” to the deadly domestic terror attack that took place over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Awad told the Daily Caller that the Muslim civil rights organization wants to scrub every last Confederate reference.
“A fitting response to the deadly terror attack on anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville would be for officials in states and cities nationwide to immediately announce that every street, every school, every flag and every public memorial honoring those who took up arms in defense of white supremacy and slavery will be removed or have its name changed to instead honor those who fought for civil rights,” Awad said.
The Charlottesville attack led a number of cities and towns to announce the removal of other Confederate statues. Awad welcomed decisions by officials in Lexington, Ky., and Gainesville, Fla., and Baltimore, Md., to relocate or remove Confederate statues.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.