Counter-protestors sporting confederate flags assembled on McCorkle Place in response to the Student sit-in at Silent Sam.
The sit-in started on Aug. 22 following a large protest in opposition to the statue.
Mitch Xia was taking a shift at the sit-in when they saw the counter-demonstration taking place right in front of the statue.
“This statue is a beacon for white supremacist hate,” they said. “That is what it was put on this campus for. I feel like what we’re seeing now is proof that that is completely true. This is drawing white supremacist hate to our campus. I thought that kind of thing had no place on our campus.”
Azaan Cole, a counter protestor who is not affiliated as UNC, said the protestors were incorrect in calling the statue racist.