Due to complete lack of high-level leadership, the lunatics have taken over the asylum at UNC-Chapel Hill. When these lunatic anarchists toppled the Confederate Monument that stood near Franklin Street for almost 100 years, the Keystone Cops of the Chapel Hill Police Department passively stood by and watched. They and the university had no interest in protecting property but were obsessed with “safety.”
The threat to “safety” came from the anarchists who destroyed the monument. Regrettably, this vandalism drew violence from the other side of the issue. These were people drawn to the fracas like moths to a flame. All danger was self-inflicted.
Why do these people believe they have the right to destroy a privately funded monument placed on state property? Free speech does not include the right to destroy property. Do they believe that destruction of the monument will eradicate slavery from our history?
Slavery was evil and human beings should not be allowed to own other human beings. The Dutch should not have brought the first slaves to North America in 1619, but they did and then it started. Our society has been paying a price for this ever since. It is worth noting that a relatively small percentage of Confederate soldiers were slave owners.
The mission of the university is to educate. Should not this mission include respect for the law and an understanding of history?
If the university had shown some courage and replaced the statue on the pedestal with some physical protection, its presence would provide a teaching opportunity for students to learn the mistakes of the past and demonstrate how far we have come as a society since then.
The University’s plan to move the statue to a remote location on campus appears to annoy the anarchists. When will they accept history?
George Rhodes, Southern Pines