— Lindsay Tuman (@LindsayOnTV) August 25, 2018
Seven people have been arrested amid protests on Saturday over the toppled “Silent Sam” Confederate soldier statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Three were booked for assault; two for assault, destruction of property and inciting a riot; one for destruction of property; and one for resisting an officer, according to MyFox8.
Protesters tore down “Sam” on Monday. Footage shows people kicking and spitting on the toppled statue.
The statue was dedicated in 1913 in memory of Confederate soldiers in the Civil War. Julian Carr, a businessman, spoke at that dedication, and bragged about attacking a black woman.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) August 15, 2017
Critics argue the statue commemorates white supremacy.
Do you know what it’s like to walk on campus every day and see Silent Sam, buildings and other memorials honoring people who enslaved black people but seeing NO statues honoring the black people who as slaves built America’s first public university?
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) August 21, 2018
In spite of this history, however, school and government officials have said it was dangerous and illegal to topple the statue.
The Governor understands that many people are frustrated by the pace of change and he shares their frustration, but violent destruction of public property has no place in our communities. 2/2
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) August 21, 2018
[Screengrab via The New York Times]