Letter: Silent Sam promotes free, open discourse

TO THE EDITOR:

I, like many alumni, oppose the removal of the statue of Silent Sam from the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

It was erected and stands in memorial not to the Confederacy, nor it’s leaders or ideology, but to remember the young sons of Carolina who bravely heeded the call when their native state asked for their service. 

As a fixture on campus, it serves to promote free and open discourse of the history of the American south, racism and social inequality — this free and open discourse being central to the mission of our great University.

Brian Meares

Class of ‘03

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