UNC Faculty Members Call for the Removal of Silent Sam

UNC Faculty Members Call for the Removal of Silent Sam

Faculty members in UNC-Chapel Hill’s art and art history departments are calling for the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam to be removed.

Twenty-two faculty members signed a letter sent today to Chancellor Carol Folt. Their message comes as students, some of whom staged a sit-in around the statue to compel its removal, are calling for a boycott of UNC stores.

“The unacceptable version of history to which Silent Sam gives voice claims that those who fought for the Confederacy did so in the name of regional loyalty alone, rather than, as historians have long concluded, to preserve the institution of slavery as the core of the economy, society, and polity of the south,” the group writes.…

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