UPDATE (3:35 p.m.): Nikhil Umesh, a member of the Real Silent Sam Coalition, said the coalition does not have an official stance on the painting of the statue. Check back with The Daily Tar Heel for more updates.
Silent Sam, the controversial memorial to alumni of UNC who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War, has been painted with the words "black lives matter," "KKK" and "murderer."
Silent Sam has been a target of criticism by activists, including members of The Real Silent Sam Coalition, who have called for the contextualization of the monument.
"The Real Silent Sam supports the artists who made some improvements to the monument by connecting it to the bigger picture of what this stands for," said Nikhil Umesh, a member of the coalition.