TO THE EDITOR:
We, the undersigned UNC School of Information and Library Science faculty, respectfully join students and faculty from across UNC’s campus to request that the administration remove the monument of the Confederate soldier, known as Silent Sam, from McCorkle Place.
As researchers and professionals who study, and work to improve the institutions and systems that hold knowledge, we understand the value of remembering. We also recognize that historical documents, improperly contextualized, can have dangerous implications for the present.
Additionally, Silent Sam’s presence on our campus is in contrast to our values, which call for Information and Library Science professionals to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination and to support anti-racist work. Finally, Silent Sam stands in direct opposition to the efforts of many of our alumni, faculty, and students to dismantle systemic racism and oppression and to advocate for equity for traditionally marginalized communities.