Leftists are great at apologizing for — and demanding apologies for — stuff that neither we nor they had anything to do with. Here comes one more giving it the ol’ college try:
On the University of North Carolina’s 225th birthday Friday, Chancellor Carol Folt issued a public apology for the university’s connections to slavery and injustice to African Americans.[…]
Wrongs? Are we talking about earlier today or last week? Nope. She’s talking about 50-225 years ago.
[…] “As chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I offer our university’s deepest apology for the profound injustices of slavery, our full acknowledgment of the strength of enslaved peoples in the face of their suffering, and our respect and indebtedness to them,” Folt said. “And I reaffirm our university’s commitment to facing squarely and working to right the wrongs of history so they are never again inflicted.”
Speaking to a crowd at the University Day celebration at Memorial Hall, Folt said that words, though important, are not enough.
“Our apology must lead to purposeful action,” the chancellor said, “and it has to build upon the effort and the sacrifices of so many across the years who fought so hard for much of what we value at Carolina today.”
Folt said there are many people working within the university to increase access and affordability for all students “and to embrace the diversity that is our national heritage.”
The university also announced earlier this month that it will change the name on a plaque at Kenan Memorial Stadium to distance the university from William Rand Kenan Sr., who was involved in the Wilmington racial violence of 1898. The plaque on the stadium will be altered to honor William Rand Kenan Jr., Kenan Sr.’s son.
Three years ago, the university’s Board of Trustees voted to rename Saunders Hall, which had been named for William Saunders, a 19th Century Ku Klux Klan leader. The building is now called Carolina Hall.[…]
Okay. Anyone in the South, who had economic means and lived during or prior to 1865, likely owned slaves. Those folks ponied up the money to build those campus buildings, and got their name on them. We have that campus because of those folks.
A lot of bad things have happened in American and world history. Hundreds of years ago, a lot of black Africans sold a lot of other black Africans into slavery. What has that got to do with 2018? We can’t erase it.
A lot of black folks are doing a lot of terrible things to other black folks on the streets of Durham, Charlotte, and many other cities. Where is the outrage from the leftist mob about that? (It’s apparently more fun to gin up guilt among white folks about stuff from hundreds of years ago which they had no part in.)
If we’re getting into the disavowal game — Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and many other Founding Fathers owned slaves. Does this open the door to wiping them from our culture and history books?
The empty pedestal that once held Silent Sam still stands at a major entrance to campus off Franklin Street. Folt has said she wants to find a new home for the statue, but not at the university’s “front door.”
That area, McCorkle Place, will in the coming months feature new markers and thresholds that pay tribute to indigenous people who first lived in Chapel Hill and the enslaved who built the campus. Already at McCorkle, there is an Unsung Founders Memorial, a sculpture featuring a black granite tabletop supported by 300 figures. It was a gift of the Class of 2002.
That monument will be repaired with the idea of creating “a space that is respectful and contemplative,” said Jim Leloudis, a history professor who leads the university’s history task force. That group, appointed in 2015, has been working on ways to contextualize campus history by giving a more full and accurate account of it.
That will include the area where Silent Sam stood for more than a century.
Leloudis, speaking at the event, said the university will deploy its considerable research already compiled to develop an exhibit that will teach the history of the monument, “of the era of white supremacy in which it was erected.”
There were likely a lot of veterans still living, and a lot of memories of the killed in action still very fresh. The monument paid tribute to UNC faculty and staff who sacrificed during that bloody four years. It was a war memorial and a piece of history that has been defiled by the leftist mob.
[…] Of 183 named buildings, memorials and spaces on the campus, Leloudis said. Thirty-three are named for people who owned slaves, and 10 are named for political figures and scholars who advocated white supremacy. Also, 23 are named for women, but only five are named for African Americans.
[…] “Each of those places has a story to tell,” Leloudis said. “Some of those stories are sobering, some of them are inspiring, and each and every one of them is enlightening.”
Some wondered Friday whether the apology and the markers were enough, and whether they really would tell the full story.
Maya Little, the history graduate student who faces criminal and honor court charges for pouring ink and blood on Silent Sam earlier this year, tweeted her skepticism in a reply to a news story about University Day:
“Will any of Leloudis’ plaques acknowledge the antiracist activists who have worked tirelessly these last 50 years to bring Silent Sam down and end white supremacy at UNC? Will they acknowledge that UNC refused for 105 years to do anything besides protect Silent Sam?”
This is re-writing history, like so many left-wing authoritarians have done around the world and throughout history. You learn by studying the truth about the past, not by deleting it into the trash bin. One would think an institution of “higher learning” would understand that.