On Monday night, Confederate monument Silent Sam was pulled down by demonstrators in the first protest against the statue for the 2018-2019 school year. There seem to be millions of opinions surrounding the statue, and the debate has been at the forefront of conversation for most of my college career.
For the past 24 hours, the DTH’s timeline and comments section has been more active than it’s been in a very long time (I should know, I get notifications for every account). Despite differing comments and opinions, and certainly different levels of anger or pride over the subject, one thing is abundantly clear: the community cares.
In a time of a lot of political and social division, I like to think about that to keep me a little grounded. That among the arguments, Twitter threads and waves of change, I’m witnessing history be made. I’m thankful for that, and I’m thankful for these stories today.
Silent Sam updates
The Daily Tar Heel spoke with UNC graduate student and activist Maya Little on Tuesday regarding the protest that occurred on Monday night. Little was one of the speakers at the beginning of the protest, though she denies organizing the event.
Things happened very fast on Monday night. If you're wanting to make sure you're up to date, we've made a timeline of the events that transpired from the protest itself, to statements made by officials.