The Department of Communication’s Statement on the Removal of the
Confederate Statue (Silent Sam) at UNC – Chapel Hill
Silent Sam was never silent. He spoke loudly to generations of Carolina students, faculty, and employees about the hierarchies of race, power, and servitude. His removal has freed many of us, past and present, who have worked tirelessly to make Carolina what it is—a world-class, public, research institution that welcomes all. Restoring the Confederate statue would do irrevocable harm to this reputation and diminish the contributions and demoralize the spirit of those who have endured the statue and its message for so long. As a department committed to social justice, communicative action, and freedom of expression, we urge the university and state administrators to uphold the values of Lux et Libertas by supporting, rather than retaliating against those who witnessed and participated in the disciplined action of civil disobedience that finally brought the statue down. Out of its shadow, we are all indeed more free.
Read the Department of Communication’s past statements concerning UNC – Chapel Hill’s Confederate monument and the termination of the DACA program.