UNC’s Confederate Statue Draws New Protest

Lana Douglas, News Observer, September 2, 2011

Students gathered Thursday to start a new discussion about the monument known as “Silent Sam.”

The statue at UNC-Chapel Hill has been the subject of many debates in the nearly 100 years it has stood in the center of McCorkle Place.

For the passer-by or new student, the statue overlooking Franklin Street may appear to be of little significance, but some of those who know the statue’s history say it is a misrepresentation of students and the community.

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The Real Silent Sam movement hopes to spark dialogue and provoke critical thought about the meanings behind the monuments and buildings of Chapel Hill. It hopes to provide the public with information that goes beyond standard narratives.

Silent Sam was erected in 1913 as a monument to the alumni and students who fought and died in the Confederate Army.

Julian Carr, a veteran of the Confederate Army, gave a speech at the statue’s unveiling on June 2, 1913, in which he credited the Confederate soldiers with preserving the Anglo Saxon people.

Although it was not the sole purpose of the memorial to support the white supremacist movement, that was a part of it, said Aleck Stephens, an alumnus of UNC-CH and part of The Real Silent Sam movement.

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Members of The Real Silent Sam movement have lots of opinions about what should be done about the statue.

Some think it should be removed.

Others say it should be relocated to the Old Chapel Hill cemetery.

Some have advocated adding a new statue of equal size that better represents the diverse character of the university, or adding a plaque to the current statue that describes the historical context in which it was created.

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At the end of Thursday’s gathering, a temporary sign was taped to Silent Sam that reads, in part:

“This memorial to Confederate soldiers who left the university perpetuates an incomplete and inaccurate history–one that intentionally neglects the vast number of North Carolinians who opposed secession and the Confederacy. The original supporters of this monument, both town and university leaders, were motivated by racism and were colluders in a statewide campaign to establish white dominance.”

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  • Question Diversity

    Julian Carr, a veteran of the Confederate Army, gave a speech at the statue’s unveiling on June 2, 1913, in which he credited the Confederate soldiers with preserving the Anglo Saxon people. Although it was not the sole purpose of the memorial to support the white supremacist movement…

    Pay attention to the weasel language. Advocating that white people continue to exist is white supremacy. Therefore, the only way not to be a white supremacist is to advocate for your own group self-genocide.

    Lexington, Virginia, also: http://goo.gl/cQQzu

  • Anonymous

    “This memorial to Confederate soldiers who left the university perpetuates an incomplete and inaccurate history—one that intentionally neglects the vast number of North Carolinians who opposed secession and the Confederacy. The original supporters of this monument, both town and university leaders, were motivated by racism and were colluders in a statewide campaign to establish white dominance.”

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    LIARS! 99% of North Carolinians supported secession and the Confederacy. As for White dominance, that is the way it was SUPPOSED to be in the South and in all of America! We are a WHITE nation, founded by WHITE peoples, FOR WHITE PEOPLE!

  • Anonymous

    The US is founded upon WHITE culture yet people from the world over come here to denigrate our foundations. While poseurs steal our land, job, culture and language – they have no satisfaction of endless offenses against WHITE people. Their jealous envy only seeks to destroy that which they covet. Whites have given up foundations of country/culture to please those who can not be satisfied. If those who denigrate US are so much better at living life and liberty – why do they come to US. They surely should be able to make better lives among their own kind.

    Instead they denounce white people to have others to blame for their own makings. It is interesting they refuse to assimilate when this has been the path to a better America.

  • Eric

    Some have advocated adding a new statue of equal size that better represents the diverse character of the university

    How about one of Student Body President Eve Carson, who was kidnapped and murdered by “diverse” people just a couple years ago.

  • Deacon Blue

    Actually, North Carolina was almost the last state to join the Confederacy. That being said, it is true that many North Carolinians supported secession. North Carolina State troops were some of the best supplied troops of any state in the Confederacy proving that many people in NC worked to support her state troops.

    I want to know why supposedly ‘educated’ people tend to view (& judge) history by todays insane ‘morals’ and (wrongheaded) beliefs.

  • rockman

    Am I wrong or did the Civil War end 150 yrs ago? Still waving the bloody shirt of slavery and guilt trips is like Obama saying Bush did it. It gets old after having heard it for 50 years since Kennedy. There were noble and heroic people who fought for the Confederates. An old statue is not going to oppress any adult. For those who object to the statue get over it. What is going on is a continuous move by the NAACP and similar folk to oppress the white race by crushing any evidence of white strength and white power. They want white folk to tremble at the slightest scowl of the NAACP. They are moving for total control and dominance

  • Theodore Bilbo

    “It is interesting they refuse to assimilate when this has been the path to a better America”

    Assimilation, for non-whites, hasn’t been the path to prosperity and success on America’s college campuses. Quite the opposite. If you want funding and prestige you say and do something anti-american and join ‘activist’ groups for people of color. You don’t join the equivalent pro-white or pro-western clubs because they don’t exist, on any of America’s campuses. They groups would be the embodiment of racism and colonialism; what everyone else is on campus learning to fight. Government and business hire college graduates. The only exception to this rule, that I know of, is Barack Obama, and even he was a ‘minority’ activist himself.

  • Anonymous

    The News and Observer is a liberal rag and UNC Chapel Hill is full of liberal airheads. Every few years some idiot students raise a stink, but most students don’t seem to care one way or the other. Silent Sam has been there for a long time and while that fishwrap “newpaper” would love to see Silent Sam gone, it ain’t gonna happen, so don’t worry about it.

  • Anonymous

    Whites don’t need to “establish dominance” by putting up a flag. They’ve established dominance based on thousands of years of objective history.

  • June

    I think many would like to wipe out the entire history of the south. Removal of statues, plaques, confederate cemetaries, or any reminder of the way the world was 150 years ago. Why? Should we also wipe out any memorials to WW 2, WW 1 Korea, Viet Nam or any tributes to those who fought for this country? It is our history, right or wrong. Instead, we have Raza studies in our schools in Arizona where American children are being taught that Hispanics are a superior race that we should cater to. What garbage! If anything needs to be removed, it’s those books and the people who approve of them.

  • Anonymous

    “It’s a dangerous thing to ignore,” he said.

    Silent Sam prompts people to confront their history and have serious conversations about race, Leloudis said.”

    Members of The Real Silent Sam movement have lots of opinions about what should be done about the statue.”

    Some think it should be removed.”

    There IS no such thing as a “serious conversation about race”. There is only the side that demonizes White Americans and perpetuates the undeserved guilt for something that occurred almost 200 years ago. A conversation about race is one where the White participants are expected to grovel and beg forgiveness for something in.which their ancestors had no part

    We’re also expected to accept meekly the violence flash mobs, murder and rape that is visited upon us every day across the land because in someone’s sick, twisted mind we deserve it.

    Confederate soldiers in the majority didn’t fight for slavery. They were young guys who had a standard of living equal to or below that of some slaves. Slavery wasn’t the corner stone of Southern culture. It would have ended by itself without all the destruction and death

    These fanatics are exactly like the Taliban who ,with AK_47s and RPGs, destroyed the 900 year old standing statues of the Buddha in Afghanistan and those Muslims who burned down Christian churches in Bosnia.

    At least the Muslims make no pretenses about their true agenda.

  • Anonymous

    “It’s a dangerous thing to ignore,” he said.

    Silent Sam prompts people to confront their history and have serious conversations about race, Leloudis said.”

    Members of The Real Silent Sam movement have lots of opinions about what should be done about the statue.”

    Some think it should be removed.”

    There IS no such thing as a “serious conversation about race”. There is only the side that demonizes White Americans and perpetuates the undeserved guilt for something that occurred almost 200 years ago. A conversation about race is one where the White participants are expected to grovel and beg forgiveness for something in.which their ancestors had no part

    We’re also expected to accept meekly the violence flash mobs, murder and rape that is visited upon us every day across the land because in someone’s sick, twisted mind we deserve it.

    Confederate soldiers in the majority didn’t fight for slavery. They were young guys who had a standard of living equal to or below that of some slaves. Slavery wasn’t the corner stone of Southern culture. It would have ended by itself without all the destruction and death

    These fanatics are exactly like the Taliban who ,with AK_47s and RPGs, destroyed the 900 year old standing statues of the Buddha in Afghanistan and those Muslims who burned down Christian churches in Bosnia.

    At least the Muslims make no pretenses about their true agenda.

  • Anonymous

    History always repeats itself, so I say let them do as they will. For when this gilded age falls and it will, pragmatic decisions will win out and then the price of guilt will be to high. Rome fell to a multicultural nightmare. America is the Rome of today and my friends just like Rome we have our first barbarian emperor. Read the past and study it well because if we lose this cause our life will be hell.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a given that a lot of Colonial America did not want to secede from Britain . Will we see calls to remove statues of Washington and Jefferson next ? Both were slave owners . I fully expect to see it in my lifetime and I am not young . N.C. officially voted for secession, that some North Carolinians opposed it has absolutely no bearing at all today. Only a complete cretin would even bring it up . And we are fools if we continue put up with it . And the exact same applies to the 13 colonies in 1776 . That some Americans still considered Britain to be their sovereign is completely irrelevant now .

    This is just more liberal idiot logic being misapplied in an effort to force their skewed will off on the rest of the nation . The liberals are literally consumed in it . When you immigrate to another nation or even a region , YOU assimilate into what that nation or region is or you at least sit quite and do not run off at the mouth . You don’t expect them to assimilate into what you are . Can it all get anymore absurd ? America cannot keep going with arrogant stupidity masquerading as noble thought . I am very afraid that at my advanced age I am going to see the end of my beloved nation .

  • rjf101

    “This memorial to Confederate soldiers who left the university perpetuates an incomplete and inaccurate history—one that intentionally neglects the vast number of North Carolinians who opposed secession and the Confederacy.”

    Excuse me? Even if they are counting the state’s black population, I highly doubt even the slight majority of North Carolineans opposed seccession. From what I’ve learned in history class and from my own independant reading, the Confederacy was supported by the vast majority of white Southerners, and black slaves usually didn’t have political opinions.

  • KonfederateKarl

    My North Carolina ancestors were non-slaveholding Confederates. But many N.C. citizens of the time, especially those from the mountainous western counties, were pro-Union. None of this is any more irrelevant than the fact that MANY Americans had been “Loyalists” during the American Revolution.

    For insight into the politics of Civil War era North Carolina, I refer readers to Glenn Tucker’s 1965 book, “Zeb Vance: Champion of Personal Freedom.” Vance was an ultra-Confederate governor.

    Despite my disagreements with some of Anonymous #14’s historical assumptions, I’m also concerned that–within my limited lifetime–statues of Washington and Jefferson will be targets of the PC demolition squads, just as statues of Confederate leaders and commoner patriots are being marked marked for destruction and eradication from memory.