TO THE EDITOR:
Re: the continuing controversy over “Silent Sam,” I have struggled to come to some conclusions of my own.
I have heard many voices calling for the statues removal and a few asking that it remain. But who has the authority to approve its removal if that is sought?
It is clear that the NC General Assembly has placed severe roadblocks to any action by local authorities or higher education institutions, placing the decision ostensibly in the hands of the NC Historical Commission and circumscribing any decision by almost impossible restrictions.
Thus, the UNC Board of Trustees and the Chancellor do not have the authority to act, whether they decide to remove the statue or not. What is to be done then?