Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s campus have toppled a monument to hate and racism.
As students protested CNN affiliate WRAL-TV showed protesters putting up poles and banners around the status. As night fell, nearly 250 student protesters chanted “I believe that we will win” as they knocked down the ‘Silent Sam’ Confederate statue. Students then started covering the statue with dirt while kicking the monument in the head.
“Tonight’s actions were dangerous, and we are very fortunate that no one was injured. We are investigating the vandalism and assessing the full extent of the damage,” UNC told CNN.
The Silent Sam statue was donated to the University in 1909 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and was erected in 1913.
This is not the first time the monument has been attacked. UNC graduate student Maya Little is currently facing criminal and honor court charges for throwing red ink and blood on the Confederate statue in April.
Here’s a video of Silent Sam coming down:
Students charged with any crime can receive free legal representation from attorney T. Greg Doucette who offered his services on Twitter.
Happy to defend pro bono anyone charged for this 🇺🇸 https://t.co/HH300nBXPg
— T. Greg Doucette (@greg_doucette) August 21, 2018
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