Blog Archive: 2018

UNC Center for Civil Rights Director Theodore M. Shaw Statement on Removal of Statue Known as “Silent Sam”

On the night of August 20, protesters removed the statue known as “Silent Sam” from its pedestal on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. Erected in 1913 with funds from the Daughters of the Confederacy, the statue was a monument to UNC alumni who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. At its dedication ceremony on June 2, 1913, Julian Carr spoke of their service to the Anglo Saxon race, and of how “One hundred yards from where we stand, less than ninety days perhaps after my return from Appomattox, I horse-whipped a negro wench until her skirts hung in shreds, because upon the streets of this quiet village she had publicly insulted and maligned a Southern lady, and then rushed for protection to these University buildings….”
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Posted by Allen K. Buansi on Fri. September 7, 2018 9:36 AM
Categories: General

Forty Years of Bakke

Professor Theodore M. Shaw
Professor Theodore M. Shaw
Forty years ago, on June 28, 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Board of Regents of the University of California v. Bakke. Having just completed my second year of law school, I was in the Supreme Court when the decision was announced. I would spend much of the next forty years as a civil rights lawyer fighting to defend the Bakke decision, even though I left the Supreme Court that day devastated by what I believed was a loss for African Americans. I still believe that today.
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Posted by Theodore M. Shaw (Ted) on Fri. June 29, 2018 2:53 PM
Categories: Education, Race Discrimination

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