And in North Carolina, hundreds of students rallied to support UNC doctoral student Maya Little, who had her first court appearance on Monday on misdemeanor charges of defacing a Confederate monument on UNC’s Chapel Hill campus. Last week, she poured red ink and her own blood on the “Silent Sam” statue, which was erected in 1913 to honor Confederate soldiers. Students and professors are calling for the statue to be taken down and replaced by a monument to the black victims of lynching and white supremacy. This is Maya Little, speaking outside the courthouse on Monday.
Maya Little: “I will have more court dates. I will be tried for adding historical context to the crime they keep on our campus called Silent Sam. We stand up to the universities and institutions that exploit our labor but do not have the decency to protect us from these invading racists.”
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