CHAPEL HILL – Some have pointed out that even though a mob of activists were successful in bringing down the confederate statue Monday night, it doesn’t mean it will stay that way. Actually, one member of the UNC Board of Governors is citing law in his demand that the statue be reinstalled, and those responsible for taking it down be punished accordingly.
“Thom Goolsby, a former state senator and Wilmington member of the UNC Board of Governors, released a video Wednesday with six questions he wants answered in regards to the incident. Among them, Goolsby wants to know if criminal charges will be filed and if restitution will be sought from those involved in Monday night’s protest.
In a tweet, Goolsby also says that the toppled statue should be reinstalled, citing a 2015 law that made it illegal to move any historical monument unless it’s for reasons of historical preservation or public safety.”
NC State law is CLEAR. Silent Sam MUST be reinstalled: NCGS 100-2.1(b) https://t.co/1yPJZsQUfE #silencedsam #ncgop #unc #hatecrime #dailytarheel #wunc #wral #wect #SilenceSam #NCPOL pic.twitter.com/07ZS646mkw
— Thom Goolsby MBA, JD (@ThomGoolsby) August 22, 2018
That very law is what the N.C. Historical Commission cited in its decision to not remove confederate statues on the ground of the Old State Capitol.
According to the law, any monument, memorial, or statue removed for any reason must be returned within 90 days.
The same issues are being considered in Durham, where a statue has yet to be re-erected after its destruction by an unchecked mob of radical Leftists more than a year ago.
Tensions between impassioned groups on either side of the confederate statue debate are already high; imagine how the Leftist activists will react if, or when the Silent Sam statue is re-installed to stand once again?
As far as holding some of those activists accountable for their actions, the UNC System is working with the State Bureau of Investigation to explore just what happened – who stood down and why, and who was directly involved in toppling the statue.
The issue promises to be a source of angst for sometime, which is just what the Democrats who incited the mob on Monday night were likely hoping for.