Protesters and activists, including Chelsea Manning, rallied against the Silent Sam memorial on campus Saturday. Protests against Silent Sam have been occurring since August and advocate for the removal of the monument.
With protesters chanting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, this racist statue’s got to go,” as they walked from the Pit to the monument on McCorkle Place, admitted students on tours and police standing by watched the progression.
There were about 50 people in attendance — including celebrity activists, undergraduate students, graduate students, citizens from the Durham protests and members of the local University Workers Union.
In comparison with previous Silent Sam protests, this one called attention to more than just the statue — they also spoke out against state surveillance and violence against activist groups.
Chelsea Manning, a former United States soldier who served seven years in the military prison at Fort Leavenworth for leaking classified United States documents, was brought in as a speaker for the protest. Manning has been an activist for many years, but after Charlottesville, Va., she shifted focus to the removal of statues commemorating the Confederacy and white supremacy.