A UNC spokesman condemned vandalism that defaced the university’s monument to Confederate war soldiers over the July Fourth holiday.
“We understand that the issue of race and place is both emotional and, for many, painful,” Associate Vice Chancellor of Communications and Public Affairs Rick White said in a statement.
“Carolina is working hard to ensure we have a thoughtful, respectful and inclusive dialogue on the issue,” he continued. “The extensive discussions with the Carolina community this past year by the Board of Trustees and university leadership, and the work we will be doing to contextualize the history of our campus is a big part of advancing those conversations.
“We welcome all points of view, but damaging or defacing statues is not the way to go about it,” he said.
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