Students at UNC-Chapel Hill are organizing a walk-out protest and “day of action” next week, targeting racism and police violence on campus.
The walk-out, planned for April 24, comes after months of student frustration. They say white supremacist and neo-Confederate demonstrators on campus have been repeatedly treated with deference while the school and its police force aggressively pursue students and faculty protesting everything from the Silent Sam Confederate monument to restrictive university speech policies.
From the student-led call to action:
By offering police protection and free parking to racists while beating and arresting anti-racist students, UNC has made itself complicit in white supremacy. In September, we rallied against racism and police brutality. The administration locked the doors to South Building and refused to hear our demands. Since that time, UNC Police have: 1) protected a violent racist who called for“lone wolf” attacks against UNC, 2) lied under oath to get an anti-racist undergraduate sentenced to jail time, 3) fabricated charges against an anti-racist graduate student, and 4) allowed armed white supremacists to wander campus for a full hour before shaking their hands and letting them leave without consequence. The editorial boards of both the Daily Tar Heel and the Carolina Political Review have condemned UNC’s complicity with white supremacy.
We do not tolerate white supremacy when it marches on our campus, and we must not accept it within UNC’s bureaucracy. At 1:30pm on Wednesday April 24, students will walk out of class and meet on the steps of Wilson Library to demand an end to this shameful collaboration.
The student movement has published a list of demands, most having to do with the disparate treatment of student protesters and white supremacist protesters on campus and police tactics on campus.