Late Monday night on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, protesters tore down the statue of “Silent Sam.” The University later released a statement commending the actions of the officers present and said, “This protest was carried out in a highly organized manner and included a number of people unaffiliated with the University. While we respect that protesters have the right to demonstrate, they do not have the right to damage state property.” The controversial statue has a turbulent history at the university, with many calls for its removal in the past.
Among the list of people condemning the action was Roy Cooper, the Democrat Governor of North Carolina. A tweet from his account on Monday night said, “[V]iolent destruction of public property has no place in our communities.” Also tweeted was that he, “understands that many people are frustrated by the pace of change,” and that he shares their frustration.
No one was injured during the protest and police surrounded the monument after it was toppled. Protesters tried to cover the statue with dirt but were stopped by police. Police are investing the act, and UNC claims to want to hold those responsible for the vandalism accountable. CNN reports that only one individual has been arrested at this time.
An estimated 250 protesters destroyed the statute in an act called “lawless” by the same statement. Silent Sam was built in 1913 and is just one of many in the continuing trend of Confederate Monument removals in recent years. The Associated Press reports that three more statues may be up for removal in North Carolina soon. These events are almost certainly telling of one thing: for better or worse, Confederate monuments are on their way out.
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