CHAPEL HILL – The progression of erasing reference to people or themes with documented times to, either, slavery, or ‘White Supremacy’ is again extending through the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. In many ways the epicenter of the statue rage that that has spread among the woke across the country, the flagship campus in Chapel Hill, by virtue of it’s deep roots and historical prominence, has plenty of buildings and places named after individuals that were indeed quite racist.
That most of them were notable Democrats has, until this point, shielded some of the Woke criticism. While the ‘Silent Sam’ statue was a lightening rod for Woke rage, many of the other alumni names adorning buildings were ignored.
However, a committee formed to comb the campus for any allusions to racism picked four building names to change because of the namesake’s relation to White Supremacy movements.
“[…] The 13-member group passed a motion Tuesday to recommend removals of Charles Aycock, Julian Carr, Josephus Daniels and Thomas Ruffin as namesakes of buildings to the chancellor. It is the first step of name removals as laid out in a new university policy passed by the UNC Board of Trustees on July 16.
Many committee members expressed sentiment that the historical evidence as presented by the UNC Commission on History, Race and A Way Forward in its request fit the criteria laid out by the university policy to consider name removal. Some said they were surprised it took the decades it has to change some of the four names, specifically Carr and Ruffin considering their views were seen as extreme even in the 1900s.
The committee is made up of university trustees, students, faculty and volunteers. Trustee Dave Boliek is one of them. Before discussion of these four specific buildings, he shared the reasoning behind the trustees’ decision to make a distinct policy and review process.
“Names were put on buildings for a reason,” he said. “So, if names are taken off of buildings, the board felt very strongly that required serious contemplation from serious people to uphold the integrity of our university.” […]”
If only such a reasonable approach could have been taken in years prior, instead of the mainstreaming of angry violent mobs…