UNC-Chapel Hill students are dissatisfied with a university proposal to show a confidential state in a new building. The police…
Gerry Broome / AP
Oro continues this week on campus in the North Carolina flagship university after the university leader proposed a new $ 5 million building to show the confederate monument called Silent Sam. The monument was at the entrance of UNC campus until protesters tore in August.
Since then, the university has broken what to do with the statue. Officials thought they came up with a good plan when they announced their proposal Monday to put it in a new university’s history and education center. But it was only bad students who protested hours later.
Hundreds of people marched at Chapel Hill on Monday evening and chanted: “It is our duty to fight for freedom” and “We have nothing to lose but our chains.” They demanded that Silent Sam never return to campus.
“It’s really frustrating because it feels like the university treats its minority students as an accessory, things to put on their brochures or put on their website or put on their social media pages,” said Alex Robinson, Vice President of the University’s  Black Student Movement. “But it’s not willing to actually invest in what these black students need.”
Silent Sam was built in 1913 to commemorate students who fought for Confederacy. The monument was dedicated at that time with a speech commemorating a black woman’s assault. It has since become a protest flash protector, including it in August that led to its overthrow.
In September, more than 50 black faculty members demanded the statue’s permanent removal. They said that its presence signals the university does not welcome black people. Several college managers said they would have preferred that option, including Lowry Caudill.
But before voting on the proposal Monday, Caudill said: “We have a law and the law prevents it.”
Caudill referred to a law approved by the Republican Controlled State legislature in 2015. It dictates that each monument, if taken, must be moved to a place of similar “honor” and “prominent”. UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt told reporters Monday the state act prevents the statue’s removal from campus.
“Like everyone here, I swore to obey the law, and sometimes you do not agree with laws,” said Folt. “But I do not have the privilege of choosing which laws I agree with and which I do not.”
But Folt also said returning the Confederate Monument to its original place was not an option for public security. Instead, university administrator Silent Sam recommended to be housed in the new university’s history and education center.
The preliminary plan still needs approval from the government university system board that will take place next week. At least one board member, former state senator Thom Goolsby, has already come across the new building, saying that state laws require Silent Sam to be put back where it was.