Wednesday, May 29, 2013

So let me get this straight ... #unreconstructed #WTF

Controversial Silent Sam Monument Turns 100 | WUNC

Silent Sam at UNC-Chapel Hill via Jeff on flickr

So a university built by slaves and free (well, free-ish, I suppose) blacks let a white supremacist [a fact genteely overlooked on his wikipedia page] dedicate a memorial to traitors in 1913 and hasn't had the decency to either tear it down? Or at least put a plaque on it saying something to the effect of, "A white supremacist dedicated this memorial to pro-slavery traitors here in 1913. Please feel free to desecrate it as you see fit"?

Here's a sample of the dedication speech [source]:
“100 yards from where we stand, less than 90 days perhaps after my return from Appomattox, I horse-whipped a negro wench, until her skirts hung in shreds, because upon the streets of this quiet village she had publicly insulted and maligned a Southern lady.”
Julian Carr, 1913

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