More on Silent Sam

Here in Chapel Hill, the perennial question of Silent Sam is raising itself for consideration. Silent Sam is a statue on the campus of UNC that memorializes the confederacy. It was created on behalf of the North Carolina division of the Daughters of the Confederacy, with support from alumni of the University. Below are the inscriptions on the statue, from NCPedia.

http://www.ncpedia.org/monument/memorial-civil-war

Inscription left:

ERECTED UNDER THE AUSPICES
OF THE
NORTH CAROLINA DIVISION
OF THE UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY
AIDED BY THE ALUMNI OF
THE UNIVERSITY

Inscription right:

TO THE SONS OF THE UNIVERSITY
WHO ENTERED THE WAR OF 1861 - 65
IN ANSWER TO THE CALL OF THEIR
COUNTRY AND WHOSE LIVES
TAUGHT THE LESSON OF
THEIR GREAT COMMANDER THAT
DUTY IS THE SUBLIMEST WORD
IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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The words "WHO ENTERED THE WAR OF 1861 - 65 / IN ANSWER TO THE CALL OF THEIR / COUNTRY" give pause. They are a call to the Confederate States of America, a dead country that racist extremists would like to see reestablished.

The statue should be moved to a museum. Not so much because it shouldn't be on campus, but because a message must be sent. The University and the General Assembly must make a definitive statement about racial intolerance.

The placard in the museum should read:

In the war of 1861, the United States of America stopped armed rebellion by the Confederate States of America. More than six hundred thousand deaths resulted. The nickname of this statue is Silent Sam becausethe soldier lacks ammunition and is unable to fire his weapon.

The statue should be surrounded by photos depicting America's long history of racial violence.

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The sentence that bears rereading.

TO THE SONS OF THE UNIVERSITY
WHO ENTERED THE WAR OF 1861 - 65
IN ANSWER TO THE CALL OF THEIR
COUNTRY AND WHOSE LIVES
TAUGHT THE LESSON OF
THEIR GREAT COMMANDER THAT
DUTY IS THE SUBLIMEST WORD
IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

If they really want to move him,

If they really want to move him, they best do it before he is damaged.
https://www.balloon-juice.com/2017/08/14/down-in-durham/
Those things are hollow.
We've got one in Roxboro - I hope he can be moved to the museum but I really do not care at this point. He just needs to go away.

Actually Roxboro Sam seems to be stone

I had to go uptown this evening and ended up driving right by him. He looked to be STONE(d).

Monument Removal

I've heard that the nazis who organized the Charlottesville march are planning something at both UNC and NC State in September. When I heard that, and saw the statue come down in Durham, I began to think that if Silent Sam was not removed by whatever-date, he could be brought down by townspeople.

I don't know which outcome would be best, for the long run. NCGA has taken unto itself the right of monument removal--no municipality can do that on their own right now. One might hope the next 'special' session could create a system wherein these monuments to segregation can be removed and placed in a museum somewhere.