After incidents of racist vandalism on campus along with an armed Confederate group walking around campus last month, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday urging UNC to act and collaborate with town communication initiatives.
The resolution, motioned by Alderman Damon Seils, asks the University to rescind trespass warnings against student anti-racist activists as well as press charges and issue trespass warnings against members of a Confederate group who brought firearms on campus on March 16. Seven trespass orders have already been rescinded.
The resolution also called for immediate Alert Carolina warnings when an armed individual is on campus, and for the University to partner with Carrboro on communication and local police education initiatives.
Seils said he was inspired to act after attending a pair of local NAACP meetings last weekend, where discussion centered on white supremacy’s recent prominence in the community.
“A lot of people in this community have been around this community long enough to know that none of this is new, and we have to call it out when we see it," he said. “And we shouldn’t be afraid to do that.”