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Fine, Let’s Argue About Silent Sam Some More (and Other Things Our Readers Told Us This Week)


Obviously we haven't argued enough about Silent Sam, so let's do that some more.

First up, Mike Paladin: "Sadly, what I am taking away from all this tumult is exactly how hypocritical so many of the protesters are. From what I have seen, anyone not fully in favor of the downing of Silent Sam is automatically a racist, hate-filled supporter of black oppression, while the valiant protesters are fighting the good fight. If only life were truly that simple!

"Let's take the Confederate Battle Flag, for example. Originally conceived to be the rallying flag for the Southern forces during the Civil War, it morphed into a representation of the South as a whole. It was certainly not commonly perceived as a symbol of racism and oppression, unless you want to float a conspiracy theory that in 1977, Warner Bros. allowed the Stars and Bars on the roof of The General Lee because they were all a pack of racists.

"What made the Confederate Battle Flag a 'racist symbol of hatred' was the theft and abuse of that flag by individuals who were, in fact, rabid, hate-filled racists! They demonstrated that by shooting up churches and engaging in online boasts of their aggressive attitudes while standing in front of the Confederate Battle Flag. Ironically, the original proponents of that battle flag would have had those warped, dysfunctional misanthropes shot for dishonoring that flag.

"Now anyone who stands by that flag as a symbol of the South is, obviously, a racist. Simple, huh? It's just so easy to slap a nice, trite, all-encompassing label on anyone who does not agree with your agenda."

"North Carolina was a state of almost one million people during the Civil War and over 150,000 North Carolinians served in the CSA; 40,000 gave their life," adds Stephen Troup. "Yet almost all today want to spin the Silent Sam statue, erected in the memory of service to the state of North Carolina and specifically students who volunteered, as being about this one guy, Julian Carr, who said some really ugly things, but it was to honor thousands, not this one guy."

"Whatever their motivation," vivdis counters, "[Confederates] were fighting explicitly to protect the institution of slavery. This is a historical fact. The 1860 census shows that 28 percent of the families in North Carolina owned slaves. Which is a much higher percentage than went to college at that time. Considering that those that went to college were likely more wealthy than average, the percentage was much higher among those whom the statue was erected to honor. So at least one in four were in fact fighting to preserve their individual right to own another human being."

"Cowards, piece-of-crap police for standing back and letting Silent Sam be torn down," adds Guillermo61. "It's pathetic how the police in this country refuse to enforce the law because they are scared of being called racist, but they don't have a problem constantly shooting black people. Go figure. But if a white person defaced or toppled an MLK stature, we would be arrested and put in prison for a hate crime."

"This is all a result of the racial division propaganda being pushed by our political, media, and academic elites," writes Timothy Oswald. "White supremacists and neo-Nazis are about as much of a threat and wield about as much political power as the Black Panthers or the black Hebrew Israelites or antifa—none."

Finally, INDEED!, who makes a point with which it's difficult to disagree: "UNC has around thirty thousand students and manages almost $1 billion in research grants annually. How some people feel about a chunk of metal and stone is just an inconvenient distraction from actual important issues the chancellor and trustees have to deal with. No doubt their main goal is to make the issue not an issue anymore so they can move on."

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