Alex Parker, RedState, December 11, 2018
Presently, a monument of “Silent Sam” — a 1913 memorialization of the 300 alumni who fought in the Confederate Army — is set to be installed in an on-campus building. The statue was knocked down from its original location on August 20th.
In order to fight the confederate power, at least 79 instructors and teaching assistants have reportedly agreed to a “grade strike,” whereby they’ll refuse to release final grades to the students until their demand — to have Silent Sam banned — is met.
Shouldn’t all the teachers just be fired, then? It isn’t their job to determine whether a monument is placed on campus.
As for the issue of the monument itself, it seems to me that nothing is gained by the Left’s broad brush with which they’re painting over history.
As of right now, more than 2,000 final grades are set to be withheld. Students will suffer under the political convictions of their professors, whose job it is to serve them via expert instruction.
The activists instead demanded that the statue be kept off campus grounds and the UNC Board of Governors hold “listening sessions in good faith with the campus community.” Activists said grades would be released if that demand was met, but followed up by threatening further protests unless additional demands are met, including:
- Silent Sam never returns to campus, even through a center to its memory.
- The Board of Trustees explain what the new campus policing policies are and withdraw those new policies pertaining to “intelligence gathering” and “protest management,” and the “mobile force.”
- Reallocate the money that would be used for the “mobile force” and Silent Sam center to increasing the wages for graduate and campus workers, including dental insurance for graduate workers and reduced parking fees for graduate and campus workers.
And students’ grades — the products they’ve purchased via school loans — are being held hostage ’til the ransom is met.