Of­fi­cial apol­o­gizes for UNC’s links to slav­ery

The Washington Post - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

The chan­cel­lor of North Carolina’s flag­ship pub­lic uni­ver­sity apol­o­gized Fri­day for the school’s his­tory of slav­ery, adding that words alone are not enough to atone for us­ing en­slaved peo­ple to build and main­tain the cam­pus.

“As chan­cel­lor of the Uni­ver­sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I of­fer our uni­ver­sity’s deep­est apol­ogy for the pro­found in­jus­tices of slav­ery, our full ac­knowl­edg­ment of the strength of en­slaved peo­ples in the face of their suf­fer­ing, and our re­spect and in­debt­ed­ness to them,” Chan­cel­lor Carol Folt said dur­ing a cel­e­bra­tion of the school’s 225th an­niver­sary.

The apol­ogy comes as Folt and other school of­fi­cials must de­cide whether to re­store the Con­fed­er­ate statue known as Silent Sam to its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion in the cam­pus’s main quad af­ter pro­test­ers top­pled it Aug. 20. The UNC Board of Gover­nors has set a Nov. 15 dead­line for a plan for the statue’s “dis­po­si­tion and preser­va­tion.”

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