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Chapel Hill mayor asks for Silent Sam to be removed from UNC campus

Posted August 18

Silent Sam, a Confederate war statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was vandalized.

— Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger has requested that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill petition the North Carolina Historic Commission to immediately remove Silent Sam from campus "in the interest of public safety."

Hemminger sent a letter to UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt Thursday asking, in light of Monday’s toppling of a Confederate monument in Durham and Thursday’s vandalism of the Duke Chapel statue, that the confederate soldier statue be immediately removed from campus.

She cited a state statute which states that at times political subdivisions, such as a university, should take “appropriate measures” to preserve a monument.

"Right now is such a time. The possibility of a breach of the peace is high, and with it the likelihood that Silent Sam could suffer substantial damage," Hemminger said in a statement.

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  • Norman Lewis Aug 22, 10:32 a.m.
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    Silent Sam has been there for over 100 years. All of a sudden, we are supposed to believe he has become offensive? Tearing down historical artifacts is usually one of the preludes to rewriting history itself to suit the politics of the day. I assume the Antifa/Leftist socialist/communists are going after the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial and likely the Arlington Cemetery as examples of monuments celebrating repression. I assume also the Socialist/Communists will go after the Constitution and Declaration of Independence since they were written by slave owners. Where does it end? We are what we are because of our past. Not perfect but the best society on Earth. Anyone want to live in anywhere else? I will help pay for your one way ticket as long as you never return. Try to change what you feel is wrong but denying history is what the Nazi's did, what the Communists did. I suggest true Patriots guard the monuments of our past against the modern day Vandals.

  • Amy Whaley Aug 19, 8:06 p.m.
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    When I read your post, I am reminded of what my grandmother used to say... "If I could buy him for what he is worth and sell him for what he thought he was worth, I would be rich!"

  • Mark McNutt Aug 19, 6:32 p.m.
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    The only fascists here are you masquerading as a 'Republican', advocating hate and violence against conservatives (you roll them all into 'Nazis' for convenience sake). You HAVE advocated violence against Trump and his supporters (the majority of Americans), and you are reprehensible and intolerant of any and all other viewpoints other than your own.

    Alt-left fascists waving sticks and tearing the flags out of elderly women are 'OK' with you since they align with destroying your opposition.

    Nice obfuscation Scott, Bravo!

    Now tear down some more 'offensive monuments, then go after those hateful churches and synagogues!

  • John Townsend Aug 19, 3:28 p.m.
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    Democrats will never speak out about immorality, instability or incompetence of any democrat. Power.

  • Scott Satalino Aug 19, 2:55 p.m.
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    REPUBLICANS have all spoken out this very week against the immorality, instability and incompetence of Donald J. Trump.

    REPUBLICANS have all spoken out this very week against the immorality, instability and incompetence of Donald J. Trump.

    REPUBLICANS have all spoken out this very week against the immorality, instability and incompetence of Donald J. Trump.

    REPUBLICANS have all spoken out this very week against the immorality, instability and incompetence of Donald J. Trump.

  • Scott Satalino Aug 19, 2:48 p.m.
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    The only violence I advocated was violence against Nazi's. Nazi's are the most radical evil ever encountered in War by the United States of America. Nazi's are FACSISTS. FASCISM can never be tolerated in any form.

    You are shamefully ignorant Mark and since you have no moral argument other your twisted version of Heritage, you slander others with your words. I am not 'leftist.' I am actually Republican in my political views as well as believing in Social Democratic values.

    President Trump should be impeached immediately. That is not violence Mark. That is being American.

    You sound like you are Fascist.

  • Mark McNutt Aug 19, 2:44 p.m.
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    The same old baseless tropes.

    No 'battle cries' over Soros or his funding and meddling of groups bent upon tearing this counbtry apart.

    Why?

    Because he supports your causes, so his actions are 'justifiable'.

    Radical left activist such as you have been spewing hatred for decades now. We are sick and tired of it. Many of your 'crew' is flotsam' from the failed Occupy Wall Street debacle decades ago. You still hate, you still want to eradicate anyone and anything that opposes or gets in the way of your agenda.

    You represent the absolute worst of humanity.

    But keep on blaming Art Pope and the GOP if that lets you sleep at night .

  • Mark McNutt Aug 19, 2:40 p.m.
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    Scott, you are clearly a leftist hypocrite here. You repeatedly serve up baseless hatred and old tropes against conservative, advocate violence and lawlessness to advance your twisted Anti-American socialist viewpoint, and have repeatedly advocated violence and destruction against conservatives, President Trump, and his supporters.

    I hope WRAL bans you as a result of this hypocritical hyperbole.

  • Teddy Fowler Aug 19, 2:04 p.m.
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    Ronald Reagan was evil.. a man who never said a mean thing to anybody... who was always nice to people just like you who never deserved it... always telling friendly jokes and anecdotes.... who lifted us up at time when America was feeling low.... methinks that you have no clue what the word "evil" means.....

  • Matthew Rose Aug 19, 1:59 p.m.
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    actually scott they do speak for most of the people in the state, you are the extreme minority. Like it or not north carolina is a conservative state. If you would turn off your prejudice attitude and open your eyes you would see that most people in this state do not see the statues as hate. I have lived in this state all my life, was born here and was raised to never judge someone on the color of their skin. The only thing that people see is a bunch of spoiled kids throwing a temper tantrum. This is one of the reasons trump was elected president because people are getting tired of the tantrum protests. If the protesters try to tear down more statues, the people will react and you will waken a sleeping giant. So by the racist logic of the protesters if they rally to tear down a statue and the conter protest shows up and starts throwing bags of feces on them are they in the right like Charlottesville?

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