Anonymous UNC faculty group G17 forces Folt to call for removal of Silent Sam

One way or another, that dude is history:

Updated at 10: 37 p.m: An anonymous group of 17 UNC faculty members announced on their Twitter account it received notice from the chancellor's office that Chancellor Carol Folt will ask Gov. Roy Cooper to petition the N.C. Historical Commission to relocate Silent Sam.

The tweet said the governor will be asked to immediately petition on the groups that recent events suggest the monument must be moved to be preserved. The group said it will stand down but will "re-engage if the chancellor fails to follow through on her promise."

Of course the right-wing nutters are howling at the moon, calling for an investigation to determine who these professors are and get them fired and/or arrested. But the truth is, the UNC administration has brought this on themselves by farting around and hoping the problem would magically solve itself. As far as hurting the reputation of the school, it's the statue and not the controversy that has done that. Silent Sam should have been removed a long time ago, but after Julian Carr's speech was widely published, in which he bragged about whipping a female slave until her dress was in bloody tatters, it should have been a no-brainer. G17 isn't a "splinter" movement emanating from just one school, it has members from across the campus:

The group of senior faculty — allegedly all at the full or endowed chair level — sent a letter to UNC Chancellor Carol Folt demanding the University take down Silent Sam by Thursday. If the University fails to do so, members of the group "vow to move the statue themselves," according to the letter.

The group said in the letter its members consist of faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health and the School of Law.

The letter said the removal of Silent Sam is consistent with University policy that states, "the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. The University values safety, diversity, education, and equity and is firmly committed to maintaining a campus environment free from discrimination, harassment, and related misconduct."

Exactly. That statue is a cancer in the heart of the UNC System's flagship school, an homage to the Jim Crow era that should be reviled and not revered. Refining higher education in North Carolina might be a complicated and difficult undertaking, but relocating this statue is neither of those things. If you want to follow G17 on Twitter, that's easy too:



p.s. "farting around" is a perfectly legitimate

description of their lack of action on this, even if the word "fart" is not in my AP Stylebook. But since it doesn't even have "flatulence," they forced my hand.

That being said, I really do need to watch my language, which seems to have deteriorated since that bast... supremely unqualified man-child was elected President. Children could be reading this. Are there any children reading this? There should be children reading this, it's important stuff.