by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
Someone sent me, via email, while I’m still able to get stuff, a picture from http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2018/08/law-behind-silent-sam a photo showing the police “surrounding” the Silent Sam statue as it lay on the ground after having been pulled down by a gang of Marxist vandals.
I found it rather ironic. The police waited to “surround” the statue until after the Marxist goons had ruined it. While they were in the process of doing their damage the cops just stood down and let them accomplish their mayhem. Undoubtedly, anyone who had tried to stop them from completing their destruction would have been arrested. This seems to be SOP for police departments around the country anymore–stand around while the Marxists do their damage to make sure no one bothers them while they are doing it. After the damage has been done, they “protect” what has been ruined. They seem to take the same approach when it comes to protecting legitimate protesters against Antifa or Black Lives Matter thugs–let the Marxists do what they want to whom they want and then arrest anyone trying to protect themselves from Marxist aggression. After all, it isn’t “nice” to resist the Marxists don’t you know.
It’s sort of like the police letting robbers rob the local bank and then arresting any civilian who attempts to either stop or chase them–and then surrounding the bank after the thieves have departed. When it comes to Marxist aggression that seems to be the SOP of most police departments anymore. You do have to wonder who gives them their marching (or standing down) orders. Are many of our cities and colleges so infested with Marxists that we can expect nothing else? If so, we have a major problem we haven’t even begun to address yet.
At any rate, an article on the Daily Tarheel by Casey Quam notes: “In the week following Silent Sam’s forced removal on August 20, questions over what will become of the statue have centered on the interpretation of N.C. Senate Bill 22. North Carolina General Statute 100-2.1, a section of Senate Bill 22, dictates that ‘a monument, memorial, or work of art owned by the state may not be removed, relocated or altered in any way without the approval of the North Carolina Historical Commission’, unless, among other reasons, the monument ‘poses a threat to public safety because of an unsafe or dangerous condition.’ According to the act, a publicly-owned object of remembrance may be temporarily relocated, and then replaced after no more than 90 days, only for the sake of an object’s own preservation, or if the object is blocking construction zones. If it is permanently relocated, it must be relocated to a ‘site of similar prominence, honor, visibility, availability, and access that are within the boundaries of the jurisdiction.”
Sounds pretty straightforward, but by the time the Leftist lawyers get through parsing all the language I’d be surprised is this law didn’t end up being applicable to everything except Confederate monuments! And if this state historical commission gets to finally decide, then we might ask where on the political spectrum they are coming from. If it’s the same place as some of the university and town officials, then God help us. Silent Sam will end up being buried in some warehouse forever!
The good folks in North Carolina are going to have to start doing some homework and finding out where their state historical commission is at politically so they will know how to proceed from there. Is the historical commission anywhere near unbiased, or is it RED?
I hope I am wrong, but I have the sinking feeling that the folks in North Carolina, unless they really raise the roof over this, have seen the last of Silent Sam. Six months down the road, I’d love someone in North Carolina to be able to tell me I was wrong. But, after all, Silent Sam was Confederate–and based on past performances…..