UNC Students, Faculty Rally Against Silent Sam, Monitoring of Protesters

UNC Students, Faculty Rally Against Silent Sam, Monitoring of Protesters

UNC students and faculty rallied today against the continuing presence of the Confederate statue known as Silent Sam and the university’s use of an undercover officer to monitor a group that has been speaking out about the statue since August.

A crowd gathered at UNC’s South building, where UNC police chief Jeff McCracken and vice chancellor¬†for campus safety and risk management Derek Kemp looked on as speakers called on the school to remove the statue and end surveillance of protesters. From there, they marched to Silent Sam, which has been the site of protests and a sit-in throughout the fall semester.

“The goal of our protest is to bring UNC into compliance with federal law,” said Ph.D. student Lindsay Ayling, referring to a letter from attorney Hampton Dellinger to UNC officials saying the presence of Silent Sam violates federal anti-discrimination laws.‚Ķ

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