What happened to "Silent Sam" speaks volumes

Last week protesters at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill took matters into their own hands, toppling the statue of an anonymous Confederate soldier known as "Silent Sam." Someone placed a cap that read "Do it Like Durham" on the crumpled monument, referring to the similar removal-by-crowd of a Confederate statue at Durham County Courthouse a year ago. Reportedly, that event spurred talk of relocating Silent Sam, but even if they had agreed to it, the UNC administration was hamstrung by state laws passed in 2015 by a Republican-dominated General Assembly. North Carolina is one of several Southern states that passed legislation protecting Confederate monuments within the past five year

What you need to know about A12

With the anniversary of August 11 and 12 fast approaching, we citizens of Charlottesville are preparing ourselves for the worst. Even though the organizers of last year's white supremacist rally have been denied a permit to assemble here and claim to have relocated their protest to Washington DC, we suspect, no, we feel certain that they will infiltrate our community with their noxious hatred and violence. We're not the only ones anticipating trouble. The city has closed all of the streets downtown for the entire weekend. The University has sent employees home early. The Governor of Virginia has declared a "state of emergency," assigning an unprecedented number of police to patrol our street

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