On Monday, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for the removal of all Confederate memorials, flags, street names, and symbols via resolution passed by its board. CAIR describes the aforementioned Confederate depictions as promoting "white supremacy" and "racism."

Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Resolution Template Requesting the Removal of All Confederate Memorials, Flags, Street Names, and Symbols from Public Spaces and Property

Requesting the Removal of All Confederate Memorials, Flags, Street Names, and Symbols from Public Spaces and Property

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August XX, 2017

Requesting the Removal of All Confederate Memorials, Flags, Street Names, and Symbols from Public Spaces and Property

  • Whereas the preservation of these memorials validates the subjugation experienced by African-Americans due to their size, prominent placement and public display;
  • Whereas the investments and arrangement made to recognize Confederate figures communicates core beliefs that promote the endurance of white supremacy and racism;
  • Whereas every Confederate memorial, flag, street name, and symbol proclaims the injustices and suffering experienced by African-Americans as insignificant and dismissible;
  • Whereas every Confederate memorial, flag, street name, and symbol commemorates and honors those who fought to enslave African-Americans;
  • Whereas every Confederate memorial, flag, street name, and symbol diminishes the numerous contributions and services African-Americans made, and continue to make, to the United States;
  • Whereas every Confederate memorial, flag, street name, and symbol celebrates individuals who campaigned against giving African-Americans their rights and liberty;
  • Whereas every public symbol that references the Confederacy in the United States glorifies individuals who sought to divide the nation and preserve white supremacy;
  • Whereas the removal of all memorials, flags, street names, and symbols of Confederacy from public spaces and property reaffirms to the public, especially African-Americans and other minority groups, that we do not endorse the ideals these objects represent;
  • Whereas the removal of all public references to the Confederacy would respect the entitlement of African-Americans and others to equal protection of their civil and human rights;

Resolved, that the [official body]—

  • moves all Confederate memorials, flags, street names, and symbols from public spaces and property to museums where they are not glorified and solely used for historical, analytical and educational purposes.
  • changes all streets and institutions named after Confederates to honor the names of African-American and other civil rights leaders.

Via statement on Thursday, CAIR condemned President Donald Trump for "dividing America ... like the Confederacy":

Mr. Trump should be reminded that he is president of the United States of America, not the Confederate States of America. It is truly troubling that any national leader, let alone the president, would call monuments honoring those who sought to destroy America and to uphold the abhorrent institution of slavery "beautiful.’" Like the Confederacy, President Trump and his adviser Steve Bannon seem to favor dividing America.

CAIR uses neo-Marxist terminology in its self-description, including "socio-economic justice" and unqualified "diversity" among its organizational objectives. It regularly uses the term "Islamophobia."

CAIR also organizes voter registration drives to "increase Muslim participation in the political arena" while simultaneously advocating for increased entry of Muslims to the homeland via proposed changes to refugee and immigration policies.

CAIR enjoys 501(c)(3) charitable status with the IRS, exempting it from paying federal income taxes and permitting it to issue tax-deductible receipts for donations it receives.

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