Maya Little, a student activist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found herself in hot water after tossing a mixture of blood and red paint on the statue of a Confederate soldier.
An activist group known as “Move Silent Sam” — an organization with the sole mission of seeing the statue in question removed — stated that Little had been arrested for vandalism for her “act of protest.”
“Maya Little was arrested for defacing @UNC’s racist Confederate monument,” the group tweeted on Monday. “We support her, and encourage others to do the same.”Advertisement - story continues below
“[University President] Margaret Spellings, Chairperson Bissette, and the entire @UNC_System administration have failed to stand up for people of color at UNC. Shame!” the organization added.
After Little splattered the statue with her homemade mixture, a small group of students gathered around it and linked arms in an attempt to prevent school officials from cleaning up the mess.
The students chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, this racist statue has got to go,” while carrying out their demonstration.
Little herself delivered a statement about the incident:
“Today I have thrown my blood and red ink on this statue as a part of the continued mission to provide the context that the Chancellor [Carol Folt] refuses to,” she continued. “Chancellor Folt, if you refuse to remove the statue, then we will continue to contextualize it. Silent Sam is violence; Silent Sam is the genocide of black people; Silent Sam is antithetical to our right to exist. You should see him the way that we do, at the forefront of our campus covered in our blood.”
What people like Little don’t seem to understand is that you can’t erase history by removing statues. Whatever happened, happened and now there’s nothing that can be done to change that.
Instead of seeking to revise history, we should be seeking to move beyond the shortcomings of the past.
These statues are reminders of where we came from and where we need to be going.
On top of that, vandalizing property only serves to make you a criminal. It doesn’t win hearts and minds to your cause.
Instead of crime, perhaps Little’s time would’ve been better served educating people about why she finds the statue offensive?
Just food for thought.
Source: Campus Reform