Editor's note: This editorial discusses sensitive topics such as abortion and violence towards racial and ethnic groups.
On Monday Oct. 21, a group known as the Genocide Awareness Project set up an alarming anti-abortion display on Polk Place. That same day, counter-protesters began to gather, and by Tuesday UNC student Maya Little was arrested.
The demonstration was, to say the least, unnecessary, lacking in educational value and harmful to students. It juxtaposed bloody images of fetuses with references to things like Native Americans at Wounded Knee, Nazi Genocide and the lynching of Black Americans.
"The fact that I can be walking to class and see a Black person hanging from a tree is triggering as fuck," UNC first-year Victoria Bryant said. "They willingly and they actively allowed for my history — history that fucking hurts, history that we’re still feeling the consequences of today — to be displayed like that.”
The display racialized the issue of abortion by bastardizing the Black Lives Matter movement with a large display that read, “All Black Lives Matter! Born and unborn.” The group also claimed that, “Abortion suppresses black vote” and that, “Planned Parenthood 'Abortion Care' has suppressed the black vote more effectively than poll taxes, literacy tests, voter ID requirements and Ku Klux Klan lynchings combined.”
We think Bryant put it best when she said, “This shit is mind-blowing ... it shows UNC’s blatant disregard for the minority presence on campus and women and marginalized groups in general.”