The online account most involved in posting about UNC students is also the account most frequently interacted with by Robert Bowers, the alleged murderer of 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue last month. This discovery has made the constant influx of digital death threats and online harassment seem that much more real to the local activists on the receiving end. “White supremacists are being radicalized online in the same way that ISIS radicalizes recruits,” said Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project.
A 20-year-old man from Raleigh faces the possibility of deportation as a DACA recipient after he faced charges of indecent liberties with a child and possession of marijuana which were later dropped. The case calls into question the ethics of the government being able to deport residents who have little to no criminal charges.
The UNC Graduate and Professional Student Honor Court's high-profile trial of Maya Little has risen again in the community, but this time to question how objective one of the judges was.
Following the toppling of Confederate monument Silent Sam, students and other organizations held protests on campus. UNC Police, Chapel Hill Police and other law enforcement departments from around the state have since faced criticism for their handling of these protests.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy and UNC's collaboration led to Silent Sam's construction in the 1910s. The University and the UDC still have a relationship, as highlighted by private meetings between the two concerning the Silent Sam monument within the past year. The UDC carries a low profile today, instructing its members to never speak with media, according to its 2015 Confederate Courier newsletter. But it has not been quiet in its defense of Silent Sam.
On Friday, WRAL released texts and emails exchanged between UNC faculty and administration before and shortly after Confederate monument Silent Sam fell. In the messages, faculty and administration discussed what was happening at the protest, expressed shock when it was pulled down and coordinated media strategy. They also discussed their messaging in reaction to the demonstration, with some saying that they should be clear in expressing how wrong it was. In the aftermath, messages were also exchanged about student government, and their subsequent response to monument's toppling.
The Community Policing Advisory Committee heard several speakers who denounced police officers for escorting groups supporting the monument into campus, protecting them with impromptu bicycle barricades and providing a “safe space” inside a fenced area surrounding the monument’s pedestal.
“Until the school moves Silent Sam and the pedestal off campus, this is going to keep happening." Another clash between two groups of demonstrators and police erupted on Saturday, adding to the mounting number of arrests over the fallen statue. Students, Confederate demonstrators and police struggled to have their voices heard as the protest escalated. From flags to food, each side fought for their beliefs. Certainly the Silent Sam issue is no more resolved than when the statue came down before LDOC 2018, but no matter what side you're on, everyone has a right to be safe.
“These days, immigration enforcement is so completely nutty that I don’t think you can rule anything out.”
Many in the Chapel Hill community feared Thursday night’s Silent Sam demonstration would turn to violence following Chancellor Carol Folt’s statement urging students to stay away from McCorkle Place. While the demonstration began peacefully, the night finished with three arrests, making a total of 17 Silent Sam-related arrests in less than two weeks, said UNC Media Relations manager Carly Miller in a statement.