The College Fix:
Teaching assistants at the University of North Carolina have threatened to hold up to 2,200 grades if school officials do not reconsider their plan for the controversial “Silent Sam” statue.
This past Monday, UNC officials announced the memorial to Confederate soldiers would be housed in a new campus facility. That evening, protesters took to the streets to voice their displeasure.
On Friday, activists announced online that 79 teaching assistants had signed a petition in opposition to the Silent Sam plan, and indicated they would “withhold [the] grades” if Chancellor Carol Folt and the UNC Board of Trustees did not relent.
Tuition and fees to attend: $23,810.
Somehow I figure that students who attend the university should get grades. Of course, actual professors might have to submit the grades, and wow, that’s a lot of work.
Early on I advocated for a museum to house as many of the controvercial monuments as possible. Things that are a part of history need not be pulled down by vandals. On the other hand, putting things in context might be tough.
The University of North Carolina Board of Trustees proposed a new $5.3 million construction project to create a history and education center to house Silent Sam monument.
Protesters toppled the Confederate monument in August.
Vandals. The word you’re searching for is vandals.
Chancellor Carol Folt presented a plan to build a new building on campus to house the statue and provide context for the history of UNC.
Suggestion: No windows.
There’s an argument that the statue, like dozens of others, is a symbol of white supremacy. Many statues went up not immediately after the Civil War, aka The War of Yankee Aggression. They were put up during a period of time when southern whites wanted to send a message to local blacks, who were striving for equality and economic/political rights.
These were not put up to honor the Confederate veteran, but to intimidate, according to one view.
Finding the proper context for these statues is impossible. Oh, and $5.3 million could buy a lot of scholarships.