A 19-year-old was arrested early Wednesday for posting threats toward black students on Yik Yak.
The threats and arrests sparked the UNC chapter of the NAACP to participate in the Concerned Student 1950 movement, said President Destinee Grove.
“We felt like it was our job to show solidarity and support them, especially since the story hasn’t received the amount of media coverage that it deserves,” Grove said.
On Saturday, two days before the system president resigned, members of the Missouri football team announced they would not participate in football activities until he left office.
For UNC, this is deja vu. About 20 years ago, football players joined other athletes and students in protests to have a free standing building for the Black Cultural Center, which was previously located in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union.
The building was approved in 1993, with the ground breaking in 2001. The new building for the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History — named after a faculty member who died in 1991 — was officially opened in 2004.
Robert Stone-El, Sonja Haynes Stone’s son and standing member of the Stone Center advisory board, was only 19 years old when the protest for the freestanding building occurred. He said the situation in Missouri takes him back to the ‘90s because in both situations, the athletes played a large role.
“The athletes at Missouri definitely took my mind to the athletes at Carolina who were instrumental,” Stone-El said.