TO THE EDITOR:
The following statement concerning the Confederate memorial on McCorkle Place was approved by the faculty of UNC Chapel Hill’s Department of Religious Studies on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017:
It is impossible to study religion without recognizing the importance of cultural, social and political diversity, the enormous power of material objects and the profound ways in which the past pervades the present.
The Confederate monument known as “Silent Sam” exerts the ongoing power of white supremacy on our campus.
As religious studies scholars, we are particularly aware that it was erected as an icon of social inequity and that white nationalist groups today have invested its presence on campus with sacred value.