On August 20 of this year, a mob took it upon itself to remove a statue of a Confederate soldier referred to as “Silent Sam” at the University of North Carolina. Officials reporting on the incident said, “Tonight’s actions were dangerous, and we are very fortunate that no one was injured.” Chancellor of the University Carol Folt remarked, “The monument has been divisive for years, and its presence has been a source of frustration for many people not only on our campus but throughout the community. However, last night’s actions were unlawful and dangerous, and we are very fortunate that no one was injured.”
Now, a University of North Carolina board member is calling for “Silent Sam” to be reinstalled. Thom Goolsby, a member of the UNC Board of Governors has created a YouTube video positing that the statue will be put back within 90 days. He cites a statute in state law that says, “Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section, a monument, memorial, or work of art owned by the State may not be removed, relocated, or altered in any way without the approval of the North Carolina Historical Commission” and that “An object of remembrance that is temporarily relocated shall be returned to its original location within 90 days of completion of the project that required its temporary removal.”
Goolsby says, “We will make sure that the laws of our state are enforced. We will not allow anarchy to reign on our campuses.” He complains, “A statue was torn down by a violent mob and the police stood by and did nothing as that happened,” and claimed that investigators are working with the university’s board to make sure “perpetrators are punished, that judgement is sought for their felonious criminal acts.”
Thom Goolsby’s words come in stark contrast to Altha Cravey, an associate professor working at the University of North Carolina, who celebrated the removal of Silent Sam by saying, “Our campus looks a lot better now that the monument to white supremacy has been taken down from its pedestal. It was a joyful celebratory evening and rain started pouring after Silent Sam fell as if to cleanse and renew the campus.”
The mob similarly chanted against white supremacy at the protest to the monument. This all comes at around the time the North Carolina Historical Commission voted to keep Confederate monuments at the State Capitol building, while also voting to add context about slavery and civil rights along with another monument honoring the contributions of African Americans to the state.
Caiman Cotton is a Lead Contributor to theDailyLead.