Tuesday, August 21, 2018

At UNC in Chapel Hill, protesters take down "Silent Sam" confederate soldier statue

Various media report Tuesday morning that protesters took down the “Silent Sam” confederate statue on the University of North Carolina (UNC) campus in Chapel Hill.

I’ve never viewed the focus on public sculptures or paintings associated with past racism or with the inclusion of confederate names in schools (like Washington-Lee High School in Arlington VA, which I graduated from in 1961) as particularly effective.   For example, some groups want to remove all the confederate statues on Monument Blvd in Richmond.  I think a better solution is to add more statues (like Arthur Ashe) of prominent African-Americans not necessarily connected to the War Between the States.  Or, one can spend more effort focusing on real policy issues. 

I do know people connected to UNC but see no evidence of any such person’s involvement. Many protesters seem to have come from off campus. 

Video above by Julia Wall.

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