Solving the Silent Sam Problem: A Speculative Account

By now, all of the higher-education world is familiar with the saga of Silent Sam, a statue of a Confederate soldier erected on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1913. As a symbol of the racist history of the South’s effort to create a slaveholders’ nation, the statue has been (accurately) characterized as being entirely inappropriate for the campus of a purportedly modern university.

Defending White Supremacy: the Silent Sam statue under guard during 2017 campus protests (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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