TO THE EDITOR:
In the light of recent events surrounding the Davie Poplar tree, I do not necessarily express concern for the tree itself, but rather how easy it is for anyone to come onto our campus and place dangerous devices so close to students.
No matter what political/religious/etc. views you agree with, it is never acceptable to use that disagreement as justification for harming innocent civilians or the environment in which they are living. The individual who caused the explosion at Davie Poplar could have easily done the same thing on Franklin Street on Halloween, and that thought alone is terrifying. A UNC professor was harmed simply because he was trying to suppress the fire, the predecessor to the explosion.
In this vein, I think it is important to keep in mind the importance of keeping students safe, whether it be through measures against sexual and interpersonal violence, mental health awareness or keeping an eye out for potential threats such as the one we faced last week.
I believe that it is also important to keep in mind that terror threats and their possibility is not a race issue.