Confederate Monument Removed From Louisiana Courthouse

 removal of a Confederate monument from outside a courthouse in St. Landry Parish, La.
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(WASHINGTON D.C., 3/3/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the removal of a Confederate monument from outside a courthouse in St. Landry Parish, La.

Last night, the parish council voted to remove the monument, which was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1920.

Historians said the monument was built with the intention of intimidating Black people from registering to vote.

SEE: Confederate monument coming down in St. Landry Parish

“These monuments were built to send a message that Black Americans are not equal, and that is a message we cannot accept,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison. “We welcome the removal of this monument and urge communities nationwide to rid themselves of all such symbols of white supremacy and systemic anti-Black racism.”

Allison noted that CAIR has repeatedly called for the removal of Confederate holidays, flags, statues, and symbols nationwide.

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