Tim White: Empathy should guide UNC decision on ‘Silent Sam’ – Opinion – The Fayetteville Observer


 We’re may see a demonstration of empathy this week. Or we may get a lesson on what happens when it’s missing. And if we do see empathy, I’m not sure who’s going to be the beneficiary.

It’s all about Silent Sam.

The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees will meet Monday to decide what to do about the campus monument to a Civil War soldier that long stood on the university campus — the statue known as Silent Sam. Protesters tore Sam down a few months ago and the university has since pondered whether to restore it to its longtime location or move it elsewhere, perhaps to a Civil War museum.

It’s really a microcosm of the problem we have in our society with the symbols and artifacts of the Civil War. For many white Southerners (and some non-Southerners as well), those statues, flags and…

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