Protesters at the University of North Carolina toppled a Confederate statue on Monday, reported The News & Observer.
The protesters, many of whom I’m guessing were students, since UNC’s school year started yesterday, apparently covered the monument with banners saying “for a world without white supremacy,” then snuck behind the banners to start putting a rope around the statue. It’s at this point that, if I were campus police, I’d wonder just what the heck is going on. I mean, you don’t install $390,000 in surveillance cameras and security and then just let that happen. And it wasn’t like this was out of the blue. Oh no, there were clashes between protesters and police earlier in the day:
And get this: police apparently only arrested one person for concealing their face and resisting arrest. No one was arrested for property damage and no one was arrested for blocking traffic.
Of course, none of this is surprising when you remember what happened to protesters in Durham, North Carolina who tore down a Confederate statue last August. That’s right — nothing.
That last woman was UNC graduate student Maya Little, who, yes, had previously poured ink and her own blood on the statue. But have any of these bright-eyed, bushy-tailed thought leaders given a thought as to where exactly this purging of history ends? Is it Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy? Is it Abraham Lincoln? How about Thomas Jefferson? Give these savages an inch and they will take a mile.
UNC Chancellor Resigns, But Finishes Off Confed. Statue First
Protesters at the University of North Carolina ripped down the Confederate Silent Sam statue back in August. But the base and a commemorative plaque had still remained. Until Monday, that is. On Monday, UNC Chancellor Carol Folt simultaneously announced that she was removing the base and that she was resigning, according to Campus Reform.
This comes after faculty at the school had threatened to withhold grading last month and not teach the first week of the spring semester when UNC was considering putting the statue back up inside a new building on campus.
Folt had originally said that North Carolina law prevented her from taking the statue down. Regarding the statue’s base, she said, “While I recognize that some may not agree with my decision to remove the base and tablets now, I am confident this is the right one for our community – one that will promote public safety, enable us to begin the healing process and renew our focus on our great mission.”
“One that will promote public safety.” What, like safety from those domestic terrorists who vandalized and tore down the statue in the first place? Or from those anonymous professors who threatened to take the statue down themselves back in February? Get this, though: Folt announced that she was stepping down as chancellor at the end of the semester in May, but the Board of Governors, which apparently didn’t know about the statue or resignation until Folt made them public, are now making her resign at the end of January, reported CNN.
Faculty And TAs Go On GRADING STRIKE
University of North Carolina faculty and TAs who are unhappy with the school’s decision to construct a $5 million building for a Confederate statue torn down by protesters — instead of, I guess, removing it from campus entirely — are going on a “grading strike” and withholding grades from their students in protest, reported Campus Reform. But it seems like UNC provost Bob Blouin, at least, is taking a stand.
He wrote an email to the school’s deans saying “Our students are entitled to receive their grades in a timely manner. It is especially critical for the students preparing to graduate next Sunday, as well as the thousands of students whose scholarships, grants, loans, visa status, school transfers, job opportunities, and military commissions may be imperiled because lack of grades threaten[s] their eligibility….The proposed strike exposes the University and individuals who withhold grades to legal claims for the harm they cause to students.”
Bob threatened “serious consequences” for instructors who do withhold grades. And that’s very good. You have to remember that these people aren’t the compassionate little angels they’d have you believe. No. These are single-minded ideologues who are prepared to sacrifice the scholarships, the job opportunities, and the general peace and sanity of their fellow students and faculty to get what they want, in this case, the removal of a symbol representing North Carolina’s history. Now the provost also mentioned that some UNC instructors are asking their students to take a position on the strike.
He said “such actions have been interpreted as coercion and an exploitation of the teacher-student relationship and in fact are a violation of students’ First Amendment rights as well as federal law.”
Yeah I don’t think I’d be too comfortable going on the record about the statue to someone who has control over my grade and, ergo, my future livelihood.
Confederate Statue Torn Down And Now UNC Out Millions
Protesters at the University of North Carolina tore down a Confederate statue in August.
Present at the protest was UNC graduate student Maya Little, who previously smeared a mixture of what she claimed was paint and her own blood onto the statue and just got charged again this month with assault of an officer and inciting a riot, reported Campus Reform. It’s a cliche at this point, but this sure does drive home the whole “jobs not mobs” slogan. Except…for the poor employees tasked with cleaning up the mess made by these adult children.
From June 2017 to June 2018, before it was torn down, UNC spent over $390,000 protecting the Silent Sam statue from protesters. That money could have covered tuition for about 11 out-of-state or 43 in-state students. It was during this same period that 17 anonymous UNC professors wrote the school, threatening to rip down the Confederate statue themselves. They said:
“We do not fear arrest, indeed we welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the commitment that the Carolina faculty has to the wellbeing of its students and the principles that make this university great.”
You know, principles like cultural Marxism. Now here’s the thing: UNC Chancellor Carol Folt would love to scrub her hands of this matter completely, even if by the kind of savage mob justice we just witnessed. But a 2015 North Carolina law forbids her from removing Silent Sam from campus. So to comply with the law, the school proposed creating a new building for the monument on the outer part of campus.
The cost of this building? Five…million…dollars. That’s in-state tuition for more than 500 students. You know, something tells me that some of these Silent Sam protesters are the same individuals complaining about tuition costs. I’m also betting that the irony escapes them completely.
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