Carolina Black Caucus 

Mission: to advocate for, engage, and empower UNC Black Faculty and Staff.​

Vision: to foster a just and equitable campus community.

Pillars: Advocate, Engage, Empower

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Dawna Jones, Chair 

Trish Harris, Vice Chair

OJ McGhee, Advocacy

Toska Cooper, Membership

Shonda Goward, Events

Charlie Shaw, Events 

Tiffany Worthen, Events

Antonio Squire, Treasurer

Champ Gupton, Fundraising 

Angela Lyght, Secretary

DeVetta Holman, Asst. Secretary

Quin Jernigan, Fundraising 

Jarveal Baker, Marketing

Dexter Robinson, Marketing

Relocating the Silent Sam Statue

Carolina Black Caucus

October 22, 2018

As a fixture on the UNC campus, the confederate monument known as Silent Sam has been anything but silent. In fact, coded and direct messages of hate, violence, and intolerance have been deafening to generations of students, faculty, and staff who’ve shared its grounds. Statues like these have been more than just stone and metal to innocently memorialize the confederacy. They were erected throughout the country to purposefully remind all who walked in their shadow that despite the outcomes of the Civil War, the system of white supremacy would forever prevail. There are those who’ve romanticized and whitewashed the history of the South to absolve our country’s greatest sin of slavery by populating public spaces with these daily reminders and our campus is not now, nor has it ever been, the appropriate place for such displays.

For over a century, the University of North Carolina has been complicit in spreading white supremacist propaganda by allowing a confederate statue to remain on its grounds. The Carolina Black Caucus has been an active stakeholder in the Carolina community for over 40 years to advocate for a more diverse and inclusive campus, which is counter to the very existence of Silent Sam. The campus’ African-American workforce, can be traced back to a lineage of slaves, servants, and laborers that literally built this institution. As representatives of that heritage, we urge that the university end such hypocrisy and insist that the confederate statue remain removed from its grounds permanently.

There are many locations throughout the state that appropriately exhibit relics of a time we wish never to return to such as the Bentonville Battlefield or the soon to open Civil War & Reconstruction History Center. It is the position of our body that the statue under no circumstances be returned to public display on our campus, and instead be relocated to an appropriate off-campus museum. There, many can visit, study, and properly contextualize the mistakes of the past while ensuring the nation’s first public institution conveys the messages of unity and inclusion. We recognize that narratives of history will forever be debated for future generations to reconcile. However, there should be no disagreement that the pain of one’s suffrage and oppression never again be placed on a pedestal to be celebrated.

“Whatever else I may forget, I shall never forget the difference between those who fought for liberty and those who fought for slavery; between those who fought to save the Republic and those who fought to destroy it.”

-Frederick Douglass, 1894

Carolina Black Caucus Steering Committee