On Saturday, about 100 students and protesters gathered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for competing rallies near the site where students toppled the “Silent Sam” Confederate statue one week ago. During Saturday’s protests, a handful of white supremacists marched with Confederate flags, while a much larger group of anti-racist protesters celebrated the removal of the Confederate statue and shouted “Nazis go home.” Seven people were arrested. This is University of North Carolina doctoral student Maya Little speaking on Democracy Now! last week. She helped spark the movement to topple the Confederate statue when she poured red ink and her own blood on the monument during an earlier protest in April.
Maya Little: “What is actually unlawful and disrespectful is forcing black students to study on a campus with buildings named after slave owners, to study on a campus in which the forefront was a memorial to the people who enslaved their ancestors, who continued to disenfranchise, murder and commit violence towards them in the 1920s and during Jim Crow.”