Local News

Workers remove name of man tied to racist speech from Durham school

Posted August 24
Updated August 25

— Nearly two weeks after the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Durham Public Schools board members unanimously passed changes ito the student dress code Thursday evening.

The changes will prohibit items that board members determined intimidate other students, including clothing that depicts the Confederate flag, the swastika and the Ku Klux Klan.

"These things, historically, were meant for hate, or at some point in history, meant hatred," board Chairman Mike Lee said.

The school system also unanimously determined that Julian Carr's name will be removed from the building housing the Durham School of the Arts. It was removed Friday.

Carr, a prominent and well-known businessman in the 1800s, openly bragged about beating an African-American woman at the dedication of the “Silent Sam” Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1913. Superintendent Bert L'Homme said Carr was a racist.

"Such displays pose a significant risk of spontaneous confrontation between students at school, which the district has experienced," L'Homme said.

Carr was a Confederate soldier and an outspoken white supremacist.

In addition to the Durham School of the Arts, Carr has several buildings named after him - one at Duke University and one at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The town of Carrboro is also named after him. There was talk last year of the town possibly changing its name, but there were no changes made.

Durham Public Schools unanimously passes dress code to prohibit Confederate flag, other symbols

Students in Durham Public Schools are already prohibited from wearing clothing, jewelry, book bags and other articles that could reasonably create a disruption at school.

The policy change is almost identical to the changes adopted by Orange County Public Schools.

Chip Sudderth, a spokesperson for the Durham district, said the district is prepared for the discussion about a student’s right to freedom of speech.

"First Amendment considerations are very important, but principals have authority to keep the school environment safe and inclusive and welcoming," Sudderth said. "They have the authority to deal with student expression that has a reasonable chance of causing disruptions or intimation in the classroom.

"This isn't about regulating speech, it's about keeping our classrooms focused on learning."

47 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Lee Sparrow Aug 26, 1:20 p.m.
    user avatar

    These stories that the media covers amaze me. All the statues they want taken down all over the state.....does anyone know who Fort Bragg is named after??????

  • William Sherman Aug 25, 9:44 p.m.
    user avatar

    These snowflake, cup cake leftists need to be careful. Assume for the moment that they are successful in largely erasing the history of the Civil War and erasing the fact of slavery. They are both gone--no open reminders of either. Now the BLM, NAACP, Antifa and related groups will no longer have either the war or slavery on which to lay their claim to victimhood. What will they do then. No victimhood, no need for all the social services, free medical, free housing,,etc. No monthly food stamps. Oh whatever will become of them??

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Aug 25, 7:16 p.m.
    user avatar

    Durham and every where else better quit worrying about statutes and building names and start working on how to reduce murder rate and sex offenders against children. H

  • Pamela Knight Aug 25, 6:52 p.m.
    user avatar

    guess we may get ready to have our counties name changed after all it was named after General Robert E. Lee !! Pitiful, Seems like people would get tired of whining over bs all the time !

  • Carter Mickens Aug 25, 5:16 p.m.
    user avatar

    The more posts I read, the more clearly I'm starting to see the hate in people. The one thing that I don't understand, is why do people want to keep other races from being on top? When it comes to certain whites, they feel as if other races are supposed to be second class to them. You have some whites who want to share the platform with others. For a long time, one race kept others from going through the ranks. Now it's 2017, and other races are waking up to realize they can join in, and come out of low class. I understand that certain whites want to remind people that a long time ago, they where able to hold them back. For ax eample

  • Margaret Hicks Aug 25, 4:16 p.m.
    user avatar

    this is what I find interesting. The Carr building was named in 1995, this wasn't the Jim Crowe era, so why was it ok to but it up them but not now. Did the school that put it up and the teachers that work there not know the history of this man that the building is named for. When are you going to tear down the Bennett Place , it's a civil war museum, when are you going change the name of Jullian Carr Street. ? isn't it getting so crazy that we are bowing to a bunch of communist
    we have a history we have a past was it pretty NO did we learn from it YES

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Aug 25, 4:05 p.m.
    user avatar

    Scott you belong in California with Pelosi and Maxine Waters

  • William Sherman Aug 25, 3:46 p.m.
    user avatar

    View quoted thread


    Ma'am, you are absolutely correct--King said people should be judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin. Unfortunately, that sentiment has been ignored by far too many people today.

  • Mariah Maloy Aug 25, 3:21 p.m.
    user avatar

    People keep bringing up Martin Luther King Jr as an example of racism; I know I was just a wee lass when he was assassinated, but, wasn't he advocating determining the worth of a person according to the contents of his/her character & not the color of his/her skin? That does not sound like racism to me; but if it is indeed racism, then color me racist, because I don't care what you look like, I care about how you treat people. And, yes, this IS my real name, not some made-up name, before any of you start accusing me of cowardly posting under a pseudonym (yes, this college-educated rougeneck {will not allow me to use the appropriate term} does actually know some $50 words).

  • Liberty Belle Aug 25, 2:56 p.m.
    user avatar

    Hey. Hey. Hey. Pipe down. It could be worse. You could be AA. :)-

More...