On Friday, WRAL released texts and emails exchanged between UNC faculty and administration before and shortly after Confederate monument Silent Sam fell. In the messages, faculty and administration discussed what was happening at the protest, expressed shock when it was pulled down and coordinated media strategy. They also discussed their messaging in reaction to the demonstration, with some saying that they should be clear in expressing how wrong it was. In the aftermath, messages were also exchanged about student government, and their subsequent response to monument's toppling.
The Community Policing Advisory Committee heard several speakers who denounced police officers for escorting groups supporting the monument into campus, protecting them with impromptu bicycle barricades and providing a “safe space” inside a fenced area surrounding the monument’s pedestal.
“Until the school moves Silent Sam and the pedestal off campus, this is going to keep happening." Another clash between two groups of demonstrators and police erupted on Saturday, adding to the mounting number of arrests over the fallen statue. Students, Confederate demonstrators and police struggled to have their voices heard as the protest escalated. From flags to food, each side fought for their beliefs. Certainly the Silent Sam issue is no more resolved than when the statue came down before LDOC 2018, but no matter what side you're on, everyone has a right to be safe.
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Many in the Chapel Hill community feared Thursday night’s Silent Sam demonstration would turn to violence following Chancellor Carol Folt’s statement urging students to stay away from McCorkle Place. While the demonstration began peacefully, the night finished with three arrests, making a total of 17 Silent Sam-related arrests in less than two weeks, said UNC Media Relations manager Carly Miller in a statement.
In the aftermath of Silent Sam’s Aug. 20 toppling, 12 people have been charged with crimes connected to the Confederate monument’s removal and the conflicts that have followed.
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Just before 2 a.m. on Nov. 21, 1971, a 22-year-old Black man laid dying in the center of UNC’s campus after being stabbed multiple times by a member of a white supremacist biker gang. James Lewis Cates, a Chapel Hill native, bled on the ground of The Pit amid a brawl sparked by members of the gang during an all-night marathon dance.
After decades of racial tension, the Silent Sam monument was forcibly pulled down Monday night by demonstrators. At around 9:30 p.m., a group of an estimated 250 students, faculty and community members convened on the statue and began to pull it down using ropes. The statue toppled and students began to cover the head in dirt and mulch.
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