NORTH CAROLINA: UNC Says It Can’t Legally Remove Confederate Statue
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said on Tuesday that it did not have the legal authority to remove a Confederate monument from its campus, despite guidance from Gov. Roy Cooper suggesting that administrators “take immediate measures” if they feel there is a risk to public safety.
The announcement came just hours before a planned demonstration by protesters demanding the removal of the statue, commonly known as Silent Sam. The monument was erected in 1913 and stands as a memorial to alumni who served in the Confederate Army.
The university asked Governor Cooper, a Democrat, for help with campus security at tonight’s rally, and to convene a state historical commission to decide the fate of the statue. In response, Mr. Cooper advised the university to take the path that other institutions have in recent days — Duke University removed a statue of Robert E. Lee — if they feel there is a real risk.
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