As would be expected, there was a great deal of anger at the Silent Sam rally on the first day of classes.
Unfortunately, much of this anger was misplaced and focused on individuals who had no control over the continued presence of the Confederate statue, and who were, in fact, sympathetic to the protestors’ cause.
One such individual is our own chancellor, Carol Folt.
Her name popped up in a few negative chants at the Silent Sam rally despite her own expressed desire to remove the statue. In her email to the student body, Folt said, "If we had the ability to immediately move the statue in the interest of public safety, we would."
Because of her prominent position at UNC, there is a tendency for students to blame Folt for a variety of issues that are really out of her control.