Chancellor Carol Folt released a statement Tuesday condemning the events in Charlottesville, Va., but some students and faculty say her letter wasn’t enough.
In her statement following the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Folt called the events tragic and deplorable.
“The scenes of violence, torch- and gun-bearing protesters, and people wearing KKK and Nazi symbols and shouting hateful slogans were terrifying and have no place on our campuses or in our society,” Folt said. “Outpourings of hate, violence and intimidation can tear apart the fabric of open communities like ours, and we need to be vigilant against them.”
In the statement, Folt included a link to information on the First Amendment and laws related to the Confederate monument. The information provided said the University cannot prohibit freedom of speech and that they cannot remove any monument, including Silent Sam – UNC’s own Confederate monument – due to their protection under the Cultural History Artifact Management and Patriotism Act of 2015.
Folt’s statement followed events from Durham, where anti-Nazi protesters pulled down a Confederate monument, and came the same day Gov. Roy Cooper wrote that all Confederate monuments on North Carolina state property should be removed.