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President Obama delivers fervent speech supporting American Muslims at Baltimore mosque
  • Obama spoke at the Islamic Society of Baltimore in his first visit to a mosque during his presidency.
  • His 45-minute speech condemned ongoing anti-Muslim rhetoric and highlighted the long history and important future of American Muslims.
  • The visit included a pre-speech roundtable that included an Olympics-bound athlete, artists, doctors, community organizers, and other prominent leaders in the American Muslim community.

“You fit in here, right here. You’re right where you belong. You’re part of America, too. You aren’t Muslim or American. You are Muslim and American.”

Read more:
Obama, in Mosque Visit, Denounces Anti-Muslim Bias” (The New York Times)
President Obama at Maryland mosque: ‘You fit in here’” (The Baltimore Sun)
At Baltimore mosque, President Obama encourages U.S. Muslims: ‘You fit in here’” (The Washington Post)

(Image Credit: Drew Angerer/The New York Times)

Across U.S. Southern states, Charleston massacre gives fresh momentum to calls for removal of Confederate imagery from public sites and symbols
  • South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has called for the removal of the Confederate flag from state grounds.
  • After a 2001 referendum that saw resounding support for retaining the design of the flag, Mississippi legislators are again pushing for the removal of the “stars and bars” portion of the state’s flag.
  • In Austin, a push to remove a statue of the President of the Confederacy from the University of Texas campus continues, while in Baltimore, city officials hope to rename Robert E. Lee Park.

“We should have been having this conversation a long time ago in the South … because now with every instance of violence you keep seeing the same symbol — the symbol on our state flag.”

Read the full story at BuzzFeed.

(Image Credit: Rogelio V. Solis/AP, via BuzzFeed)

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