PLEASE ACT TO SAVE “SILENT SAM” – HERE IS HOW YOU CAN!
A message from Dr. Boyd D. Cathey
Compatriots and Friends,
As you may know, this past Monday, December 3, 2018, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees [BOT] (led by its chancellor, Carol Folt, and a whole slew of highly-paid university “administrators”—paid for by North Carolina taxpayers) issued what it termed its “Recommendation for the Disposition and Preservation of the Confederate Monument”—“Silent Sam”—and sent its report to the UNC system Board of Governors for their approval or rejection.
Here is, basically, what the BOT proposes: (1) to relocate Silent Sam to an “exhibition center” building at the far extreme of the campus, far out of view of most people; (2) that building–which hasn’t even been built yet–it would cost taxpayers $5.3 million, plus $800,000 per year maintenance (for curators and additional staff!)
The Board of Governors (BOG) of UNC will meet this coming Friday, December 14, at which time they will consider the BOT’s recommendation. They will either approve it, or reject it. And they can, if they reject it, demand and direct that Silent Sam be put back on its pedestal according to state law (the 2015 Monuments Protection Law).
However, if they should approve the Recommendation, the proposal would then go to the NC Historical Commission for a final say so. And if approved there, then the BOG would have to make a request to the NC legislature for the funding. In the meantime, Silent Sam would remain in storage, until at the earliest, 2022—that is four years from now!
Friends and compatriots! NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOU, YOUR WIVES AND FAMILY MEMBERS TO CONTACT THE UNC SYSTEM BOARD OF GOVERNORS, if you haven’t done so yet, and to RE-CONTACT THEM EVEN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY.
Here is the EMAIL address to reach all Board members:
You may address your message to Chairman Harry L. Smith, Jr. and the entire BOG. You should be precise and polite.
Here are some critical points that you may make in drafting your comments:
First, the “Recommendation” made by the Board of Trustees (BOT) to the Board of Governors is based on the consideration that the Confederate monument Silent Sam is threatened by demonstrators and mob violence. Thus to preserve the monument and maintain “public safety” the monument must be re-located.
FALSE: the 2015 Monuments Protection Law allows the relocation of a monument to preserve it only if it is suffering from internal physical problems, decay, etc. that is, natural causes, and NOT threats to it from a mob or demonstrators. The Monuments Law talks of “public safety” meaning that the monument, because of its physical condition, might endanger passers-by, NOT the threats to public safety that come from demonstrators. These are PUBLIC ORDER issues that must be handled by law enforcement, and cannot be used as reasons for permanent relocation.
Second, the BOT Recommendation petitions that Silent Sam be relocated to a university exhibition center, essentially what would be a museum, which would house what it calls “artifacts” of the university’s history. However, the 2015 Monuments Protection Law expressly PROHIBITS the relocation of a monument permanently to a museum or anything resembling a museum. Thus, the BOT Recommendation violates the laws of the state of North Carolina.
Finally, the Board of Governors members should be reminded that the University of North Carolina belongs to the citizens of this state, is paid for by the citizens of this state, and that the overwhelming majority of citizens, in every poll conducted on this issue, want the monument put back in its original location. And that we do not wish to fork out $5.3 million in additional tax money to, in effect, placate a small minority of violence-prone demonstrators, a mob composed of Marxist radicals.
Lastly, the board members should know that if this Recommendation is approved, there will be legal action and incredibly negative publicity which would, eventually, reflect on them, collectively and individually.
“Silent Sam” must be put back in its original location, with proper protective fencing, and the required police and law enforcement protection. That would be far less expensive than what the BOT proposes.
And students who flagrantly break the law—and professors who would join them in so doing—need to be expelled or terminated by the University. Then, let’s see how long those protests would continue.
When you write, please be concise and to the point. Please be respectful, give your name and address and, if you can, additional contact information. Let them know you are an interested citizen of North Carolina and that you are monitoring this process closely.
And, PLEASE, do not copy word-for-word what I’ve written above: use your own words, and maybe pick out some points to make.
BUT, PLEASE, I BEG YOU, ACT and ACT NOW. Although the Board of Governors is composed of Republican appointees, there is intense pressure being exerted by major Republican donors and “power brokers” to compromise and give in, essentially, to the mob.
NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT TO SAVE OUR MONUMENTS! Do so, or watch them disappear!
Thank you, and your ancestors AND your grandchildren thank you!
Dr. Boyd D. Cathey, Commander, Col. Henry Burgwyn Camp, SCV
We spend a lot of time talking about Yankees, antifa, liberals, and residents of the South who weren’t born here. But, are these groups really our biggest enemies? What of Southern-born folks, many of whom have Confederate ancestors, who turn their backs on their own heritage and family history? The Enemy Within may very well be our greatest foe.
Sadly, our school systems, our historical societies, our heritage groups, our churches, and our own families have fallen short way too often in keeping the truth of our history alive. We sat back in complacency while only the Union viewpoint was taught in our classrooms and while songs like “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” played in our churches. We created a void in many areas that liberals filled with propaganda and lies, paving the way for the environment we are currently living in.
Recently, in Salisbury, North Carolina, some members of St. John’s Lutheran congregation called for removal of a memorial called Fame. The statue depicts an angel holding a dying Confederate soldier. The fact that a memorial to our past family members who died defending their homes is now deemed offensive, even by people who were raised in our communities, is a testament to how desperately we need to educate against the lies and indoctrination.
Saving and caring for our memorials, as well as working to erect more, is crucial. Continuing to be proactive, speak up, engage others and share the truth is the least we can do to defend the honor of our grandfathers, uncles and cousins who fought so valiantly. It’s not just about ancestors, it’s about family. It’s not just about history, it’s about legacy. It’s not just about our past, it’s about our future.
Consider donating today so the NC Division of the SCV can continue to work to preserve Confederate heritage.
This is the last public meeting of the Durham City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials.
The speaker is Scott Holmes, the attorney that represented the self described communists in their charges for the toppling of the veterans memorial in Durham.
Ten members of the public are allowed to speak for three minutes each. This is your last chance to speak and we need supporters to show up.
This Thursday Oct. 11th at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
City Council Chambers @ City Hall
101 City Hall Plz, Durham, North Carolina 27701
Can’t make the meeting? Send your comments to DurhamConfederateMonuments@protonmail.com
This new Soldiers Memorials bumper sticker is available for a limited time to those who donate $5 or more to the NC SCV Memorials Fund, via NCSCVMemorials.com!
The next meeting of the Durham City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials is September 5th in Rougemont.
This is believed to be another Community Engagement style meeting. Do not come prepared to speak. Come prepared to answer the questions in this survey:
If you are unable to attend. Please fill out the survey online. We thank you for supporting our veterans, our heritage, and American history.
Wednesday, September 5th, 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Rougemont Ruritan Club ( 212 Bacon Rd, Rougemont, NC 27572 )
The Guest Speaker Will be:
Elizabeth Shulman, Archivist, North Carolina Collection of the Durham Public Library
Durham County filed a “Report Only” claim for the destruction of the Durham County Confederate Veterans Memorial, but did not pursue the claim.
Durham County appears to have 1 million in insurance covering the Durham County memorial. Freeing the tax payers of any burden.
The memorial was not removed by legal means and is protected by N.C. Law. The County is obligated to restore the memorial as quickly as possible. Rewarding mob rule for more than a year is an outrage that leads to anarchy, as we have seen in Chapel Hill.
Restore the Rule of Law and Restore the Memorials NOW!
Durham County Commissioners
200 East Main Street, Durham, NC 27701
or call the Clerk to the Board’s office at (919) 560-0025, FAX: (919) 560-0013, between the hours of 8:30 AM-5:00 PM.
Write your representatives:
Give to the N.C. Division SCV Defense Fund and N.C. Division SCV Memorial Fund Today!
By now, most of you are well aware that Silent Sam was vandalized on the UNC campus. In the past few weeks, memorials have been vandalized in Richmond, Va and Charleston, SC as well as Salisbury, NC.
Elected officials and authorities should be upholding the law rather than issuing stand down orders which make them complicit in these crimes. We should be calling and emailing our local council members, mayors, and our state legislators to express our disapproval in the handling of these events. The law is clear. Veteran’s memorials are protected by state law. There should be no discussion on “what to do with Confederate statues” by specially formed and appointed committees. The only lawful conclusion must be to leave the monuments in place. Otherwise, the committees are advocating the circumvention of law.
We have seen that politicians, law enforcement and the courts will not always conduct themselves honorably. Sadly, justice isn’t always served. When there are little or no consequences for criminal action, it only emboldens the violent socialist organizations. They start to feel invincible when they are not held accountable for their actions.
But, OUR actions CAN make a difference. Besides contacting your officials, you can support the NC Division of the SCV in restoring memorials, like the one in Durham, as well as erecting new ones. Antifa tears down, but we continue to build up. Please, join the efforts by donating today.
To some, they may be only statues. To us, they are memorials to our family members; brave men who risked their lives and gave their lives in defense of their homes. The agenda of the militant left is not just to eradicate Confederate history. The goal is to destroy our legacy of Judeo-Christian principles, love of liberty, and strong sense of community, thereby ripping apart the very fabric of our nation. Ignorance, propaganda and lies have permeated our society and we must fight back. Making a donation today to the Memorial Fund is a great place to start.
The next meeting of the City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials will be on Thursday, August 23rd at 7:00 PM in the City of Durham Council Chambers, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC. The scheduled speaker is Ms. Teresa Roane of Richmond, Virginia.
Ms. Roane earned her B.A. in history at Virginia Commonwealth University. She worked for eight years at the Richmond Public Library followed by fifteen years at the Valentine Museum’s library. As an archivist for over seven years at the Museum of the Confederacy, she specializes in compiling service records for Men of Color who served in the Confederate Military. Please make plans to attend her presentation.
URGENT UPDATE!!!! PLEASE READ!!!
The meeting of the Durham City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials, for Tuesday August 7th 2018 will be at the SOUTH library (4505 South Alston Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27713).
The meeting will NOT be at the previously scheduled Southwest Library.
The time is still 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Please let all who plan to attend know of this change. Thank you.
There will be a meeting of the City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials at the Southwest Regional Library in Durham on August 7th at 7 PM. Address is 3605 Shannon Road, Durham.
Boyd Sturges, attorney for the NC Division of The Sons of Confederate Veterans will be speaking. More information on him may be found at this link: https://www.davissturgestomlinson.net/Attorneys/C-B-Sturges-Iii.shtml
Please, make plans to attend this important meeting.