Letters to the Editor

Silent Sam reflects racism, then and now

It’s the right time for Silent Sam to go

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Bill Sitton

I spent seven years walking by Silent Sam on my way to Franklin Street, as he stood guard on the southern entrance to McCorkle Place. But it’s time for him to go.

One cannot read Julian Carr’s speech commemorating the dedication of Silent Sam without the conviction that the heat of racism burned just as brightly in 1913 as it did when Carr made his way back to the university after surrendering at Appomattox in 1865.

For almost 50 years, we know through Carr’s remarks what Silent Sam stood for: the purest strain of Anglo-Saxon Southern manhood. Sam’s been silent about that, too.

Bill Sitton, Charlotte

I blame media for uproar over statue

Mike Rink
Mike Rink

Protesters want UNC Chapel Hill to tear down Silent Sam.

They also “demanded justice.” For who?

Why do we keep pacifying the whiners and their endless list of things they don’t like? Oh, I forgot. The media has to propagate something to help boost their ratings.

Mike Rink, Cornelius

Repurpose Sam to emphasize freedoms

For me as a UNC student in the 1970s, Silent Sam was a gathering point for protests and rallies of all themes, including anti-war.

Why not repurpose Sam’s presence to reflect keeping a vigil for First Amendment freedoms?

Replace his gun with broken chains announcing the dissolution of slavery’s bonds. Add historical plaques educating viewers to the “Lost Cause” or add a visage of an unknown slave proclaiming “Never Again.”

What’s possible and positive?

Hardin Minor, Charlotte

On memorials, don’t let politicians decide

In response to “Mayor seeks to rename Stonewall, rival raises ’06 vote” (Aug. 24):

Who thinks about the Confederacy or Stonewall Jackson when traveling on Stonewall Street? Seriously?

Regardless of where we stand on the appropriateness of Confederate memorials, we need deliberate thought by rational people to make those decisions, not politicians whose opinions seem to blow with the political winds.

Tim Eichenbrenner, Charlotte

Pittenger has a lot to learn about BLM

In response to “Pittenger: Why the silence on Black Lives Matter?” (Aug. 23):

Janet Taylor
Janet Taylor

Despite the concerted efforts of Rep. Robert Pittenger and the right-wing to portray Black Lives Matter as a hate group, that is not an accurate portrayal.

There have been some incidents of violence occurring at their demonstrations against institutional racism, however they are a loosely organized movement with no central governing body and they do not protest armed with clubs, guns and riot gear.

They also are not founded on anything other than the message that Black lives matter as much as white lives, blue lives or any other lives.

Wikipedia has an extensive, informative article on the movement with a comprehensive list of citations for the information.

Janet Taylor, Lincolnton

Charlotte hearing on GOP map was a joke

Beth Henry
Beth Henry

I attended Tuesday’s hearing at CPCC about proposed new legislative districts. It was a joke.

The room was far too small. We wasted hours listening to garbled audio of speakers at six remote locations.

The outrageously frustrating hearing seemed intended to convince those attending not to bother ever again trying to influence our super-majority Republican legislature. They don’t want to hear from voters. Money has replaced the vote.

Beth Henry, Charlotte

Let nonpartisan group redraw maps

To my thinking, each citizen’s vote should carry equal weight. Until partisan priorities are removed from the redistricting process, I cannot see this happening.

I therefore strongly support a nonpartisan body be brought together to draw new district maps for North Carolina as soon as humanly possible.

Holly Adkisson, Charlotte

Kick Trump off Twitter? Ridiculous.

In response to “Ex-CIA agent wants to knock Trump off Twitter” (Aug. 24):

Former undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson’s attempt to raise enough money via crowd-funding to buy Twitter and kick off President Trump is ridiculous.

Trump’s First Amendment rights should be respected. More importantly, when he tweets we learn how he stands “on many sides.”

Betty Little, Gastonia

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