Art happens, events take place, we react: sadness, fear, happiness, disgust but, where is the love? What is the role that love plays in our lives? This section will feature reactions to events where love is hard to find.
Silent Sam is not the problem
What is currently happening in Chapel Hill, NC around Silent Sam (SS) is a painful social disaster. The disaster didn’t start on August 20th around 9:20 PM. The disaster started centuries ago when members of the Anglo Saxon race invented racism. Protests for and against, peaceful or violent, around Silent Sam are just a few of many consequences of this invention.
Silent Sam is not the problem. The problem lays in our hearts. Racism is part of our lives in very deep way. Racism is twisting many things. We are at the point where doing something for or against SS is bad. What do we do? Fix our hearts.
It is interesting but challenging and frustrating for those who need to be heard, how little the government listens to its people. This rule applies in many cases, in many issues.
SS went down because there is racism in our hearts; not because the mob is attacking us. Here is one layer of this situation: some protesters broke the law. Let’s not justify that. Another layer: protesters are American citizens frustrated because of the existence of a symbol that glorifies racism and its sources.
Officials, all the officials argue: “it’s the law”. This is a very good argument. No one should be above the law. However laws get old. And old law is a useless law. Unless laws become attacks to the community. It sounds like it is time to change the law protecting SS but, will the NC government officials listen?
One of the banners carried by protesters on 8/20 at Chapel Hill reads: “For a world without white supremacy”. Officials and ex-officials like Pat McCrory are making accusations, they are charging people and they will arrest people, they are talking about the law. However, no one is talking about the message of the banner.
In 1913, the year when SS was erected motivated these words: “The present generation… scarcely takes note of what the Confederate soldier meant to the welfare of the Anglo Saxon race during the four years immediately succeeding the war… their courage and steadfastness saved the very life of the Anglo Saxon race in the South”. Words of Julian Carr, at the time, former confederate soldier. Let’s see that again: “saved the very life of the Anglo Saxon race in the South”. In a way, Silent Sam mission is to “scream” in favor of the Anglo Saxon race. We are talking about a public symbol that glorifies racism since 1913. Do we still need that?
Unfortunately, putting back SS in his pedestal or not doing so, will bring more problems. We are putting love in a place of oblivion. Our social disaster will grow. We will see more injured people, more time and money and other resources wasted, more hearts will be broken. The invention of racism will continue killing us not very softly.
Raleigh, NC. August 26, 2018. Credit image: The News & Observer from video by Julia Wall.