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During Silent Sam sit-in, counterprotesters march with Confederate flags at UNC-Chapel Hill

Posted August 26

— A small group of people carrying Confederate flags marched across the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Saturday.

The demonstrators came to campus less than a week after a large gathering of students and community members rallied for the removal of the confederate monument Silent Sam Tuesday.

Those urging for Silent Sam to be removed from campus released a statement on Facebook calling for people to support their continuous sit-in, especially with the counterprotesters present.

"Any and all support today, as quickly as possible, is greatly needed and appreciated," organizers said in a statement. 

For five days, and even with counterprotesters, the sit-in has remained peaceful.

"(Silent Sam) captures a Confederate culture, and he's a reminder of the injustice that our country's recent history is based on," a sit-in participant said.

They said they're prepared to continue the sit-in as long as it takes — until Silent Sam is no longer on campus.

"The reason we feel strongly that the statue comes down is what it represented to the people who put it here," UNC student and sit-in participant Mitch Xia said.

Many community members have donated water, food, first aid supplies for the those participating in the sit-in.

"We have received an outpouring of support from the community and just people in the area," Xia said.

"This was never intended to be a symbol of southern culturem," UNC empoyee Kim Stahl said. "It was intended to be a symbol of racism and hate."

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  • Amy Whaley Aug 27, 5:55 p.m.
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    "This was never intended to be a symbol of southern culturem," UNC empoyee Kim Stahl said. "It was intended to be a symbol of racism and hate."

    And you know this how? And once again, WRAL fails to report the organizers of the protest to take down Sam. I have asked consistently since WRAL first reported the story and still no answer... doesn't pass the smell test.

  • Tim Orr Aug 27, 4:02 p.m.
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    So tired of this C@#p. Give them all participation medals and let them go home.

  • David de Serres Aug 27, 2:45 p.m.
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    This should make EVERYONE happy. 🙂

  • David de Serres Aug 27, 2:44 p.m.
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    Spread the idea around the country . It's the right thing to do for America, our children, and future generations to come. I feel so strongly about it that I emailed the President. David deSerres on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks, Dd

  • Rachel Parrish Aug 27, 1:11 p.m.
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    More people should stand up with these folks. Only those who really don't understand history is opposed to statues of anything confederate.

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Aug 27, 12:12 p.m.
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    Small group more Fake News why can't you report true facts

  • William Sherman Aug 27, 11:45 a.m.
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    Racism will only end when people stop using it as an excuse for their failures in life, and when people stop looking under every leaf, or behind every tree, or under every rock to find it. The politics of victimization is old, tired and not believed.

  • Charlie Watkins Aug 27, 6:40 a.m.
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    Racism ends when the statues come down.

    And baldness too!

  • Linda Tally Aug 26, 10:06 p.m.
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    Great program and worthy recipient - good deal!