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

(5) comments

William Dean

Those at UNC Chapel Hill and in Durham that attacked statues are in the truest since of the word, are cowards. They attacked an object that could not defend itself, knowing that the cowardly police and local governments would do nothing about it. How about these cowards stand up to present day slavery ? There is slavery in America and many of those victims come across our wide open southern border. Everyday hundreds of children disappear that are sold into sex slavery by criminals and those that say it is their right to own slaves. Same same is true in Africa and the middle east where one religion allows this to happen. Where are these cowardly protestors and why are they not marching against those that support slavery in America and the world. Like many in federal government they are afraid to confront these people for fear of losing campaign funds and votes.

Sally Larson

My concern when attacking statues representing our history is its attempt to erase our truth of the past. Keeping a statue standing is witness to our inhumanity we once embraced and stands as a reminder of what we should never see again. Adding a plaque acknowledging our past would have been much more effective.

Peyton Cook

Aboubt one in ten Confederate soldiers owned slaves. The statutes erected were to honor the services of these men. Yes, slavery was in humane, but the sacrifice of over 600,000 lives settled the issue. More important is the fact that Lincoln was more concerned to maintain the Union. To him the issue of slavery was secondary. The Emancipation Proclamation only freed the slaves in Confederate territory not in areas controlled by Union territory.

Judi Rhodes

I agree completely. That would have been the way to handle it and still not destroy history.

Kent Misegades

Well put. The Taliban of Chapel Hill still walk the streets free. Ignore anarchists and one eventually becomes their victim. These people even attacked their favorite coffee shop, Starbucks, in Berkeley.

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