University of North Carolina Students Tear Down Statue of Confederate Soldier, ‘Silent Sam’

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On Monday Night, a group of about 300 protesters from the University of North Carolina demanded that officials remove a 105-year old Confederate statue, named ‘Silent Sam,’ and then proceeded to tear it down themselves.  Students chanted against the police.  Many of the protesters were rallying in solidarity with former UNC student who was facing criminal charges for covering the statue with red paint back in May.  The monument was dedicated in memory of those students of the university who served in the armies of the Confederate States of America, but the current students believe the statue is a celebration of “white supremacy.”  The destruction of monuments also destroys history.

On Monday evening, a large group of protesters destroyed a 105-year-old Confederate statue named “Silent Sam” standing on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

On the evening of August 20, a group of students gathered to demand that university officials remove the statue that has stood since 1913 on McCorkle Place in the university’s upper quad. But after several hours of chanting and speaking about the destruction of the statue, the protesters took the situation into their own hands and tore the monument down, ABC 11 reported.

Many of the protesters were rallying in solidarity with former UNC graduate student Maya Little who was facing expulsion as well as criminal charges for covering the statue with red paint back in May.

Police moved in and began attempting to disperse the crowd but acted far too late to stop the destruction of the monument.

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Next they’ll go to Duke University and tear down the statue of slave owner Wash Duke. Or will they?