An Open Letter & Open Report / Silent Sam & Duke University
December 16, 2018
Silent Sam & Duke University
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
It appears that all the accolades given to the University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill for their rightful decision to comply with the law that the Cenotaph of Silent Sam should be returned in 90 days to its place of prominence, and that those responsible for its toppling be punished to the full extent of the law, was premature as this Board has begun vacillating from that decision.
Throwing out a proposal to build a $5 million dollar structure to house Silent Sam, as though this should be a pacification, a “compromise” that would suffice those who call for the Cenotaph’s removal, and those who want it back as is described by law.
We are a nation and state that acts according to to law. The state law is clear here. Put the Cenotaph back! We should not have to debate the War for Southern Independence, even though I wish to return and post the colors on December 18, 2018 at the base of Silent Sam.
Chancellor Carol Folt said that experts concluded that the statue could not be returned to its previous home on campus because of public safety concerns. Poppycock!
The question now prevails are we now at a time when thugs force us from the rule of law? This is a very slippery slope for Ms. Folt and her so called experts, whomever her experts are.
I would tell the babies who attended the Sons of Confederate Veterans monthly meeting in Spindale, North Carolina on Thursday night, December 13, 2018, that we are being forced as a Southern society to view our honorable ancestors in shame because they were Confederate soldiers, and somehow because of that, they are not worthy of societal honors in their homeland, no matter how great those honors are.
I would tell them to look no further than to Duke University, whose white folk guilt Board of Trustees would vote to remove the Honorable Julian Carr’s name from a building where the history department is located, a department that should be championing the memory of those men and women of the Confederacy, and the honorable stand against tyranny and the circumventing of the rule of law of the national constitution. And, not to forget standing against the illegal invasion of their homeland, and the ensuing criminal actions of the Union army on its citizens.
I would tell those gathered that a news reporter from CBS News would proclaim to me that Mr. Carr was a white Supremacist, while disregarding the fact that Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, and even more importantly so, was Union General Howard, whose name is don on the historic black university, Howard in Washington, D.C.. And that not only were they white supremacists, but bigots as well.
If white supremacy is truly an issue for this board of trustees, then they should lead the nation by calling for the removal of Lincoln’s Cenotaph from the Nation’s Capitol Mall. And the removal of Lincoln and Grant’s likeness from all national currency. God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors, Southern Legal Resource Center
Recipient, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Medal
Member, Save Southern Heritage Florida
Honorary Member, Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
President, Southern Heritage 411