(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/17/19) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined a call by local community activists to ban the sale of Confederate flags at the Lorain County Fair opening next week in Wellington, Ohio.
A call for a boycott of the fair has been issued by the county’s most decorated veteran. Fair officials say the vendor who has traditionally sold Confederate flags will take part in the fair again this year and it is "very possible" that the flags will be sold. A protest will be held at the fair on Aug. 20.
SEE: Once Again Confederate Flags Will Definitely Be on Sale at the Lorain County Fair
"Those who wish to traffic in racist symbols that only serve to marginalize their fellow Americans should not be permitted to do so in a public facility at a community celebration. Instead they should seriously consider putting their time and talents toward positive pursuits that make their community stronger and more inclusive,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub.
“Symbols glorifying and honoring white supremacy, slavery and treason should be repudiated by all Americans, not put on display at mainstream venues,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Those who reject white supremacy and racism can best demonstrate that rejection by avoiding any enterprise that seeks to profit from hate.”
Hooper noted that the Ohio State Fair Board banned the sale of Confederate flags in 2015.
Last week, CAIR renewed its call for local governments throughout the nation to remove all Confederate symbols from public spaces. That renewed call to action came on the second anniversary of the deadly 2017 terrorist attack targeting anti-racist protests in Charlottesville, Va., that resulted in the murder of Heather Heyer and amid growing white supremacist terrorism and racist, Islamophobic and anti-immigrant violence and rhetoric nationwide.
SEE: CAIR Renews Call to Remove Confederate Symbols Nationwide on 2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville White Supremacist Terror Attack
Following the 2017 Charlottesville attack, CAIR offered a template resolution to be introduced by public bodies such as state legislatures, city councils and school districts calling for the removal of all Confederate symbols.
SEE: CAIR Says Removal of Confederate Memorials Nationwide a ‘Fitting Response’ to Terror Attack on Va. Anti-Racist Rally
The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president and his promotion of racist, Islamophobic, white supremacist, anti-immigrant, and xenophobic rhetoric and policies.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org