From a webcam in his office, Thom Goolsby, a member of the UNC-system Board of Governors, chastised UNC administration in a three-minute video, calling their Silent Sam relocation proposal cowardly and illegal.
“If you try to be everything to everyone, you end up being nothing to anyone,” he said.
The video included the phone number for the North Carolina General Assembly, and a heeding from Goolsby for viewers to demand their representatives to stop UNC in its relocation of Silent Sam.
“Instead of putting Silent Sam back up as the law requires, they're attempting to misread the law,” he said, “and ask the Board of Governors to move the statue or give approval for its removal.”
Goolsby referenced a clause in North Carolina's Heritage Protection Act of 2015 dealing with objects of remembrance, specifically the exceptions permitting their movement: “An object of remembrance for which a building inspector or similar official has determined poses a threat to public safety because of an unsafe or dangerous condition,” reads one of the exceptions.