3 People Charged With Toppling Confederate ‘Silent Sam’ Monument At UNC

Three people have been charged in connection with Monday’s toppling of “Silent Sam,” a Confederate monument on a University of North Carolina campus, authorities told local news outlets Friday.

The three individuals each face misdemeanor charges for rioting and defacing a public monument filed by the UNC-Chapel Hill Police Department. Their identities have not yet been made public, but police said they are not associated with the university.

Though only three people were charged Friday, around 250 student protesters stormed the statue Monday night and toppled it using rope and their bare hands, in the name of ending “institutional white supremacy.

Erected in 1913 to honor “the sons of the University who died for their beloved Southland 1861-1865,” according to the school, the Silent Sam monument has long been a target for protesters on campus and cost the university nearly $400,000 to protect over the past year.

The toppling is the latest in a wave of backlash against monuments to those who fought to preserve slavery during the Civil War, largely in response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August.

Via: Huff Post

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