Chancellor Folt will work with the campus community, alumni, governing bodies and many others to develop a plan for the Confederate Monument that will be presented to the Board of Governors by Nov. 15.
As you head into the Labor Day weekend, I ask you to think about an opportunity that has opened for us. I am very grateful because it may help us move toward healing and peace from a place of conflict and disharmony.
The Confederate Monument, known as Silent Sam, has been a focus of conflict for many decades. As the intensity of that conflict has accelerated, it has become apparent to all that the monument, displayed where it was, is extremely divisive and a threat to public safety, and the day-to-day mission of the University. More fundamentally, the disputes around the monument are about deeply rooted and profound struggles of race, inclusion, history and honor that our entire country needs to resolve.
We see that those conflicts and the need for their resolution are as strong as ever, even with the statue toppled from its base.
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