‘Our apology must lead to purposeful action….’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s top administrator issued a public apology on the school’s 225th birthday for its past connections to slavery and systemic injustice to African Americans.
Chancellor Carol Folt on Friday said her statement was an attempt to encourage and “embrace diversity.”
“As chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I offer our university’s deepest apology for the profound injustices of slavery,” Folt said, according to the Durham Herald-Sun. “Our apology must lead to purposeful action.”
UNC has been in the midst of controversy since August, when an angry mob of protestors toppled Silent Sam, a longtime Confederate statue that had been on UNC’s campus for years.
Folt and the UNC-CH Board of Trustees have until Nov. 15 to come up with a plan for the “disposition and preservation” of Silent Sam, which is being kept in storage.
More than 250 people marched on the Silent Sam statue in August after extensive protesting and rioting.
The “silent sentinel,” however, was a symbol of nonviolence and reconciliation.
The “silent” part of the statue’s name reportedly came from the fact that no cartridge was included on the soldier’s belt.
“Many of the wounds of racial injustice that still exist in our state and country were created by violent mobs and I can say with certainty that violent mobs won’t heal those wounds,” state Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, a Republican, said after the statue was toppled.
“Only a civil society that adheres to the rule of law can heal these wounds and politicians – from the Governor down to the local District Attorney – must start that process by ending the deceitful mis-characterization of violent riots as ‘rallies’ and reestablishing the rule of law in each of our state’s cities and counties.”