The Carrboro Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt a resolution in response to violence in Charlottesville, V.A.
Over 40 Chapel Hill and Carrboro residents attended the special meeting arranged by board members Bethany Chaney and Jacquelyn Gist.
The resolution calls on the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal legislation that bans communities from taking down Confederate monuments. The Alderman also ask the N.C. Senate to stop a bill that would give drivers immunity if they cause injury to protestors; Governor Roy Cooper echoed the same sentiments for legislators to "kill" the bill.
Nine Carrboro and Chapel Hill residents spoke in support of the Aldermen's resolution, and urged to not only recognize racism in the community but also to educate residents about the lessons learned from Confederate statues, including UNC’s Silent Sam.
Penny Rich, a member of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, said the Commissioners are currently planning to make a statement in the near future. As a Jewish mother of two young men, she tearfully said, it’s her job to teach them history and hate.