Students get vulgar, aggressive in protest of Confederate heritage rally at UNC
Two Confederate heritage groups that converged at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Sunday to rally in support of a controversial Civil War statue on campus were greeted by a large and rowdy group of student protesters who shouted vulgar accusations at the Confederate demonstrators as well as the police there keeping the peace.
Installed in 1913, the “Silent Sam” sculpture memorializes Carolina students who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War. The statue has been repeatedly defaced with vandalism stating “KKK” and “Black Lives Matter,” forcing the university to install security cameras to help ensure no further damage.
On Sunday, the counter-protest consisted of a mix of black and white students and also attracted nearly twice as many participants as the confederate side, roughly 175 to 75, respectively.
The Confederate heritage supporters did not engage protesters at first, as the two groups were on opposite sides of the statue, about 50 yards apart and fenced off from each other. While protesters chanted, the Confederate group listened to speakers and gave occasional cheers.