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Silent Sam statue, the alleged symbol of "white supremacy" was torn down Monday night by a crowd of 300 protesters. For decades, the Confederate statue erected on the campus of University of North Carolina has been the matter of controversy. The Typical Student team learned all the details about the riot.
300 Protesters Tear the "Silent Sam" Down
Last night, 300 protesters marched the Franklin Street, blocking the traffic and gathered around the Silent Sam’s statue pedestal. As told by BuzzFeedNews, the crowd was heard chanting "stand up, fight back" and "hey, hey, ho, ho, this racist statue has got to go." See the video below:
As of 9:30 pm, Silent Sam was torn down with its head buried in dirt. Allegedly, the protesters utilized a rope to tear the statue down. As a result, one person was arrested for the act of public disobedience.
The History of Silent Sam
The Silent Sam monument dates back to 1913. It was erected to commemorate over 300 UNC alumni who died during the Civil War together with over 1,000 that joined the Confederate State Army. For decades, the statue had been the matter of controversy due to its historical background, In 2017, the calls to tear Silent Sam down were renewed as a reaction to the white supremacy protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. All of that was mainly initiated by the UNC students.
How Officials Reacted to Silent Sam’s Tearing Down?
Whether for the good cause or not, the investigation has been started by the UNC officials to assess "the full extent of the damage." The UNC statement reads as follows: "Tonight’s actions were dangerous, and we are very fortunate that no one was injured."
As for the NC Governor Roy Cooper, he addressed the incident on Twitter. The Governor said he had contacted the local law enforcement and UNC officials, "and appreciates their efforts to keep people safe." The statement also read that the "Governor [...] shares [people’s] frustration, but violent destruction of public property [must not have] place in our communities."
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