A massive demonstration has formed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to call for the removal of a Confederate statue known as “Silent Sam.”
Per The Hill, “Video by local news outlet WRAL showed people chanting ‘No KKK! No Fascist USA!’ and others yelling, ‘This is Silent Sam’s last semester! We will not be silenced by wealthy alumni and the police!’”
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The protest comes on the heels of a wave of Confederate statue removals over the last several weeks. The movement has gained traction since a violent attack at a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead after a deranged neo-Nazi plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotestors.
Immediately thereafter, statues have been torn down from Maryland to Texas. Even the Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to “drape the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in black in mourning,” per The New York Times.
While white supremacists may feel emboldened by an administration sympathetic to their cause, the rest of the country has formed a vocal and unified front against the abhorrent ideals they represent. Trump may be afraid to abandon the neo-Nazis in his corner, but a weary nation has finally decided that enough is enough.
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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.