The Faculty Council at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill voted against a settlement that would give a controversial Confederate monument that stood on campus, “Silent Sam,” to a Confederate heritage organization along with $2.5 million, The Washington Post reported.
Protesters overturned the statue in August 2018, creating a debate over where it should go. Under the settlement, Silent Sam would be permanently removed from campus. The North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans would own the monument but could not erect it in any of the 14 counties where University of North Carolina has a presence. The $2.5 million would go toward a charitable trust for the statue’s upkeep.
The Faculty Council’s resolution against the decision argued, “such a settlement supports White supremacist activity and therefore violates the university’s mission as well as its obligations to the state,” The Washington Post reported.