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Full Text Of Letter From Maya Little’s Fellow History Graduate Students at UNC

New – Saturday May 5 –  SilenceSam.com website!

Get the full background on Maya Little’s story here. The UNC Faculty support her actions. Here is Maya Little’s full statement on the matter.

Page 1 – Letter from UNC’s History Department’s Graduate Students

Page 2 – Letter from UNC’s History Department’s Graduate Students








Text of the Letter of Support from Maya’s fellow UNC History Graduate Students:

History Graduate Student Statement of Support for Maya Little

As individual graduate students of the History Department at UNC studying, among other topics, African-American, indigenous, civil rights, anti-colonial, revolutionary, labor, queer, accessibility, Jewish, and feminist history, we stand with Maya Little and her courageous act of nonviolent civil disobedience at Silent Sam. From a historical perspective, we recognize that Maya joins a long line of activists and revolutionaries who have employed this strategy to gain dignity, justice, and equality for all people when structures of power and legal systems have failed to do so.

Carol Felt and her administration have clearly failed in their responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of all of UNC’s students. Removing Silent Sam, a memorial to racism and white supremacy, would be both moral and legal. Instead, Felt chooses to spend $1 ,700 a day to defend Silent Sam while paying UNC graduate students $1,200 a month. She allowed outside white supremacist and nee-confederate groups to rally around Silent Sam with the protection of UNC Police, putting our campus community at risk.

When the administration refuses to protect its community, it is the duty of students, fa culty, staff, campus and graduate workers to do so by challenging institutional racism and oppression. Maya Little took that responsibility on her shoulders by properly contextualizing a statue thatwas already drenched in black blood. Built in 1913 by white supremacists who enslaved and murdered black Americans, the statue continues to serve as a rallying point for violent white supremacist groups today. We support Maya’s actions unequivocally. Now it is our turn to stand for diversity and equity on campus. These are our demands:

• We demand that Chancellor Felt remove Silent Sam

• We demand that the administration not take action against Maya Little for her act of civil disobedience

• We demand that UNC’s Trustees remove the 16 year moratorium on renaming campus buildings, including our own Hamilton Hall, named after KKK apologist Joseph Gregoirede Roulhac Hamilton

• We demand fair compensation for the campus workers who cleaned Silent Sam of
blood, when it is Felt who should take have taken responsibility for attempting to
whitewash UNC’s history

• We demand that the administration act to address institutional racism on campus
Until these demands are met, we will continue to call out the culture and structures of white supremacy at UNC. We will continue to call out UNC administrators who refuse to redress our institution’s participation in slavery, Jim Crow, and continued racial inequality. We will continue to stand by those who protest these vestiges of white supremacy on campus and beyond.

Anthony Rossodivito
Alyssa Bowen
Samuel Finesurrey
Sarah Miles
Samee Siddiqui
Caroline Wood Newhall
Garrett Wright
Ansev Demirhan
Mishio Yamanaka
Angelica Castillo Reyna
Jeffrey Ryan Harris
Justin Wu
Rachel Cochran
Jennifer Standish
R. Joshua Sipe
Peter Raleigh
Oskar Czendze
Maikel Farinas Borrego
Allison Somogyi
Daniel Velasquez
Robin Buller
Virginia Olmsted
Gabriel Moss
Jan Jules Gutgold
Ryan Branagan
Francesca Langer
Robert Richard
Daniela Weiner
Nathan Gill
J. Tait
Dalvin Tsay
Lindsay Ayling
Justin Blanton
Mark Reeves
Nurlan Qabdulhaq
Dakota Irvin
Isabell Moore
Lucas Kelley
Donald Santacaterina
Steven Weber
Kevin Hoeper
Patricia Dawson
Aubrey Lauersdorf
Zardas Lee
Mark Porlides
Larissa Stiglich
Alexandra Odom
Caroline Nilsen
Beth Hasseler
Eric Becerra
Emma Rothberg
Jessica Auer
Mira Markham
Louis Porter
Till Knobloch
Erika Huckestein
Emma Kessel
Max Lazar
Joel Hebert

Chelsea Manning Speaks Out Against the Silent Sam Monument

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Chelsea Manning protesting at the Silent Sam Monument, on March 24, 2018.

Chelsea Manning attended the Silent Sam protest on March 24, 2018 at the University of North Carolina.

The Silent Sam statue was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in the hopes of creating a new image for white supremacists, one of the “Lost Cause” of the South. (Code for the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy.)

They made sure to put “Lost Cause” language into as many text books as they could, too. It’s one of the main reasons that southerners grow up with such an attitude about having pride in “the south” and their “southern traditions” etc. This is all code for looking back on a better time when people of color knew their place. (As in the  “lost tradition” of slavery.)

Why is this monument still standing? Because the University of North Carolina would rather pay thousands of dollars to guard its white supremacy statue than listen to its community about the correct way to proceed.

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