Students are threatening to sue the University of North Carolina over its Confederate statue

13 Sep , 2017 Business

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A student law group at the University of North Carolina is threatening to sue school officials if they don’t take down a controversial Confederate statue.

The statue, known as Silent Sam, stands prominently on the campus’s main quad, where students have hosted near-daily protests and occasionally clashed with counter-protesters and law enforcement.

Writing on behalf of the Black Law Student Association and other students, attorney Hampton Dellinger argued in a letter sent Wednesday to university chancellor Carol Folt and UNC system president Margaret Spellings that allowing the statue to remain standing violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“Silent Sam should go for many reasons including its incompatibility with the ‘inclusive and welcoming environment’ promised by UNC’s non-discrimination policy,” Dellinger wrote. “We are providing legal notice of an additional reason why Silent Sam must come down now: the statue violates federal anti-discrimination laws by fostering a racially hostile learning environment.”

Dellinger said the students plan to file complaints with the Department of Education and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, according to Raleigh’s News and Observer.

The Silent Sam statue was erected in 1913 as a monument to UNC students who joined the Confederate army in the Civil War. At its …read more

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