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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 06:34 AM

Silent Sam settlement scrapped -- but questions remain

As Policy Watch reported yesterday, an Orange County Superior Court Judge effectively scrapped the UNC System’s controversial “Silent Sam” legal settlement with the NC Sons of Confederate Veterans Wednesday. The group will not keep the Confederate monument that was toppled by protesters in 2018 or the $2.5 million UNC had agreed to pay in a trust toward the statue’s care.

Judge Allen Baddour, who initially approved the deal and signed the consent order, found after further examination and argument that the Confederate group had no legal standing to sue in the first place. He voided the original order and dismissed the original lawsuit, which was constructed through collaboration by lawyers for UNC and the Confederate group to reach a pre-arranged settlement.

Baddour has given UNC’s lawyers until Monday to tell him whether they want his order to direct them on what to do with the statue itself. But he ordered the trust dissolved and money returned.

There are, however, some interesting and complicated questions remaining — and we heard them from readers on Twitter, Facebook and over e-mail in the wake of yesterday’s ruling.

Read more: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2020/02/13/silent-sam-settlement-scrapped-but-questions-remain/

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 06:40 AM

1. First, F the SCV. Second, I was surprised at how easily it crumbled.

Turns out these things were mass produced with either a USA or CSA belt buckle. I had no idea.

The SCV is simply a front for hardcore racists. They sued over a public statue on public land. Their legal standing was as hollow and weak as the statue itself.

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 09:05 AM

2. Bear in mind...

this was a way to kind of refute the growing diversity and progressiveness that UNC was starting to turn into. Especially when they started allowing people darker than a snowbank into the university. The racism there was still in full force back when I first started visiting Chapel Hill, and this was in the late 70's. Removing that statue was long overdue and it has no place on the grounds of an institute of higher learning. Otherwise, UNC might as well be an 'place of hihar larnin'...

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 12:51 PM

3. Thanks, TexasTowelie. ❤ nt

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