UNC students plan rally in solidarity with criminal vandal

University of North Carolina students are once again planning to protest a “racist” Confederate statue on campus after administrators reaffirmed their inability to remove it.

According to The Greensboro News & Record, the new chairman of the UNC Board of Governors, Harry Smith, recently issued a statement declaring that the Board “has no plans to take any action regarding the monument at this time,” noting that “neither UNC-Chapel Hill nor the UNC System have the legal authority to unilaterally relocate the Silent Sam statue.”

[RELATED: UNC students organize boycott to protest Confederate statue]

Students plan to gather off campus at the Peace and Justice Plaza, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Aug 20 in protest of the “Silent Sam” statue and in support of Maya Little, a UNC graduate student who was arrested in April for throwing a mixture of red paint and blood on the statue.

The event, “Not One Left Standing,” had more than 150 positive RSVPs and 352 who are “interested” in attending as of press time.

The page describes the event as “a protest in solidarity with Maya Little who faces trial on the morning of this event for covering Silent Sam in paint and her own blood. To all those who have fought and are fighting against the white supremacy that UNC has always promoted, benefited from, and upheld.”

A promotional flyer for the event, titled “Until They All Fall,” even features a dedication to Little.

“[This is] a demonstration against institutional white supremacy at UNC, in solidarity with Maya Little on the day of her trial for marking Silent Sam with her own blood,” the flyer reads.  

Little’s supporters have also started an online petition to “drop the charges” against her, which has garnered more than 5,700 signatures toward its 7,500 goal. 

[RELATED: Student arrested for dousing Confederate statue with red paint]

Additional pressure has come from students, alumni, and faculty on social media, where two groups, “Move Silent Sam” and “Not One Left Standing,” have been created to advocate for the removal of the statue.

“#DearUNC22 start your semester by demanding a campus free of racism,” one student cajoled classmat

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