‘Do you think these left-wing anarchists are going to end with Silent Sam?’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) After students at UNC-Chapel Hill tore down the Confederate Silent Sam statue on Aug. 20, former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory compared them to Nazi book burners, The Charlotte Observer reported.
“Are they any different than Nazis of the 1930s, 1920s in Germany tearing down statues, burning books?” McCrory asked on his radio show on Tuesday.
Silent Sam stood on the campus since 1913 in commemoration of Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War.
Protests gathered on Monday to defend doctoral student Maya Little, who was criminally charged after vandalizing the statue in April by throwing blood and red ink on it.
She gave a speech before protesters toppled the monument.
“It’s time to build monuments to honor those who have been murdered by white supremacy,” Little said, according to The Charlotte Observer. “It’s time to tear down Silent Sam. It’s time to tear down UNC’s institutional white supremacy.”
UNC graduate Andrew Skinner, 23, praised the statue’s destruction.
“It shows that we have the power to be on the right side of history,” Skinner said. “We are part of a long tradition of civil rights in this country. We as a country have a lot of change and a lot of healing to do, and we are not going to get there putting racism on a pedestal.”
McCrory blamed the students’ actions on their ideological understanding of American history.
“It wasn’t the statue that caused this. The statue is a piece of metal. It’s our understanding of history and trying to present history in today’s time…We can find fault in everybody … Thomas Jefferson, George Washington owned slaves. Should we take down the Washington Monument? The Jefferson Memorial?” he asked. “Do you think these left-wing anarchists are going to end with Silent Sam?”
Watch the protesters tear down the statue: