Look carefully at statue
“Silent Sam” has stood for over 100 years at UNC and was erected to pay respect to the 321 UNC alumni who died in the Civil War.
Faculty members of the UNC History Department and now the Law School faculty state that “SIlent Sam” “sends a message of white supremacy that the University should refuse to endorse.” To those students and professors who assert that the statue represents “racism” and “white supremacy” I say that I don’t see the statue representing either one.
Why don’t each of us look carefully at the statue. I don’t see a white general astride a beautiful steed, brandishing a sword going into battle. I see a poor soldier with a rifle and an empty ammunition pouch forlornly looking into the distance, perhaps thinking of returning to an impoverished family and state. On the side of the statue is a plaque showing a student sitting with books and a woman with a standing sword signifying the “call to duty.”
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Many do not know that this statue is a work of art, made of bronze, not lead, and sculpted by James A. Wilson of Boston, considered one of the finest sculptors of his time. The Smithsonian Museum has other works of his on display. It is true that the speaker at the statue’s dedication, Julian Carr, was a racist, but he was also a philanthropist who gave large tracts of land to Duke, UNC and other North Carolina colleges (cited on Google). There is good and bad in all of us.
I understand students, by nature, need to protest and that is commendable. My era protested against the Vietnam War and for civil rights.
I say to students, instead of marching to protest at “Silent Sam” on the campus, protest where it matters now in human lives. Protest at the Durham County jail where inmates are dying. Help feed and shelter people at the Durham Rescue Mission. This matters to human life. Follow the wisdom of Martin Luther King to protest peacefully in numbers.
Eunice Brock, MLS ‘67
From a Duke football fan
In November I will be 92 years old but I still remember the game in 1942 when Duke Football played in the Rose Bowl in Durham.
I have been a fan of Duke Football all these years. I never played school football, but I love college sports over professional. My profession was in sales and I attended many sales meetings and I learned to be a self-motivator. When I made a sale, it was easier to make the next one.
I said all that to say this, I believe in football when you score, you should forget that score and start looking for the next one. At that point you are motivated. Every play is important, whether it is offense or defense. Pass interceptions have helped to win many games.
I read in the paper some of how Duke lost to Pitt but I quit reading because I wanted to read how Duke won. You have a good coach but he can only do so much. Players need to motivate each other. I hate to say this because I love Duke football and basketball. In my opinion, if Duke football players are satisfied with only losing by one touchdown, Duke will not win another football game this year! I hope you will prove me wrong.
W. B. Turner
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