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.
UNC Statue Vandal Tries To Dodge Community Service
A University of North Carolina student court sanctioned graduate student Maya Little with a written warning and 18 hours of community service after the student smeared a mixture of what was apparently red paint and her own blood on a Confederate statue, according to Campus Reform. But for someone who’s apparently a compassionate social justice activist, Maya is oddly reluctant to do community service.
She appealed the decision and Gina Balamucki, the law student representing her, said that the vandalism “was an act of contextualization around a racist statue, which has since been taken down by the UNC chancellor herself. This was not a grave offense and this was well within the standards for the UNC community….Ms. Little does not need to learn from this experience. This experience was Maya teaching us something.”
So ideologically-driven property destruction is within the standards of UNC’s school community. Gotcha. And this act was Maya teaching us something. Wow, you’d think she’s talking about God sending the flood — I mean, what kind of moral authority does Maya Little have over us?
And let’s drop the notion that she’s some kind of innocent angel. Maya took part in another protest in December and got charged with starting a riot and assaulting a police officer.
But what makes the UNC statue story especially insane is that this wasn’t just a few dozen intolerant students. No, no, back last February, over a dozen unnamed UNC professors wrote the chancellor a letter threatening to tear down the monument themselves, reported The Daily Caller News Foundation. How brave — I guess that’s why they stayed anonymous. And then just last month, the chancellor removed the statue’s base before resigning, reported Campus Reform. When it comes to UNC, cultural Marxism is a team sport.
And keep in mind that UNC is a state institution and state law forbids the removal of these statues from public property without the approval of a state historical commission, according to The News & Observer.
Since when did the faction of inebriated hippies become the faction of lawless savages?
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.
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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