Silent Sam NY Times Quote

Zach Kosnitzky, 21, saw Monday’s events as “a classic case of mob rule,” even though “no one within the realm of acceptable discourse at U.N.C. wants to keep Silent Sam standing, because it offends African-American students.”

“We want to remember the past in a way that is useful, rather than destroy it altogether,” said Mr. Kosnitzky, who has written for The Daily Tar Heel, the campus newspaper. “Ancient Sparta was a society built entirely on the blood and sweat of slaves. Nevertheless, we would consider it a crime to destroy some ancient Spartan artifact to display a commitment to social justice principles.”


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