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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

Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Resolution Template

 [Official Body]

[Resolution #]

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.

 

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