The Undergraduate Senate’s Select Committee on Silent Sam held a hearing Monday to discuss what to include in its resolution to the statue’s removal by activists on Aug. 20.
After an hour of discussion, the committee decided several senators will draft separate resolutions, emphasizing the student body does not want Silent Sam reinstalled to its original pedestal.
Tanner Henson, a UNC junior and the committee's chairperson, began the hearing by reading comments from the public on Silent Sam.
Two of the three public comments were in favor of the statue's toppling. A third statement, attributed to a first-year student identified only as Brandon, said the statue should be put back, and people who feel oppressed or unwelcome by the statue should want the same.
“When the idea of a Holocaust museum came about, it was the Jewish people who wanted it to happen. They did not want to erase that part of their history. They wanted to remember it and mourn it and know that they came out of oppression to become a free religion," Brandon wrote. "In the same way, Christians are not trying to get rid of the cross because it is evidence of Roman oppression. It is a significant part of history and one that must be preserved for everyone. Erasing history does nothing of help to society. We must learn to embrace it, understand it and learn from it.”