As fair-elections advocate and attorney Aylett Colston noted on Twitter, the BOG is appointed by the General Assembly, which is controlled by Republicans who have received $21,500 over the last two years from the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ PAC, NC Heritage.
That’s quite a return on investment. (Thank you! )
On Wednesday—before the long Thanksgiving weekend—the UNC Board of Governors agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the North Carolina division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans over Silent Sam, the monument demonstrators had toppled in August 2018.
Under the terms of the consent decree—which the BOG had approved during a closed session that morning—the neo-Confederate group would receive the 106-year-old monument plus $2.5 million in “non-state funds” for a “charitable trust” to care for it. The charitable trust can build a permanent home for the monument, just not near a UNC campus.
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