The OC Voice is a portion of the OC Report newsletter where local residents may have a platform to talk about local issues they care about. Sammy Slade is a Carrboro Town Council member and UNC alumnus.
I am writing as a UNC graduate, community member and now Town Council member of Carrboro, one of the towns that is being most affected by UNC’s reopening. I have been very disheartened by UNC leadership’s inability to keep the true longer-term well-being of our communities at the forefront of their choices, as well as their inability to take responsibility for their actions.
When I first wrote this post, I was concerned about what UNC’s reopening would do and mean for our community and beyond. Today, I am saddened that those concerns were more than on point — outbreaks have happened and harm to students, their families and our communities is inevitable.
But, more than that, I have been utterly dismayed by the inability of leaders to take responsibility for the reckless choices they have made. When asked, Provost Blouin said, “I don't apologize for trying.” His lack of humility or recognition that his “trying” was quite literally gambling with peoples’ lives blows my mind.
Not only am I troubled by the fact that even though they have not been elected, they make decisions that are and will continue to negatively affect our communities, but also because they are unwilling to learn from, or acknowledge, their mistakes. On the contrary, they double-down, blaming the students for their behavior even when the CDC had listed UNC’s plan as “highest risk,” even when congregate living facilities all over our country demonstrated the inevitability of these outbreaks.