CONFEDERATE MONUMENT’S RETURN SPARKS CAMPUS FURY
Shock and anger continued to envelop the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this week following a decision by school leaders to return a Confederate monument to campus. On Friday, faculty members are likely to renew their call to keep the statue known as “Silent Sam” off the public university campus, several professors said. “It is the most divisive issue I have seen on this campus in my time here,” said Jay Smith, a professor of history. “We’re just torn up over this.” On Monday, the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees approved a plan to build an education and history centre to house the bronze statue at a less-prominent site on campus. Protesters took to the streets of Chapel Hill on Monday night, furious about what some called a $5 million shrine to white supremacy.