The Board of Governors’ latest strike on marginalized groups at UNC and around North Carolina comes in the form of its newly approved litigation ban on the University’s Center for Civil Rights.
The Board voted last Friday to go through with a proposal that would effectively end the Center for Civil Rights' tenure on campus and as a branch of the UNC School of Law system. This decision is widely representative of the paradoxes created by the Board of Governors and legislative bodies that govern UNC.
The board sees that this dissonance is confusing, harmful and embarrassing to the student body, UNC system and state governance as a whole.
In Friday’s session, Chairperson Louis Bissette stated, “Whatever happens in this vote, this vote does not show a lack of support for the UNC School of Law by this board, (and) it also does not show a lack of support for the Civil Rights Center.”
Mark Dorosin, managing attorney for the center, was quick to point out Bissette’s bizarre argument. Immediately following the vote, Dorosin shouted, “I don’t understand how you can say that ... you’re supporting the Center for Civil Rights when you just voted to shut it down,” before Bissette threatened to remove him from the meeting.