UNC’s Board of Governors Apparently Agreed to a $2.5M Silent Sam Settlement Before a Lawsuit Existed – IndyWeek

The Political Agitator’s response: Wow! A must read! Damn! The lawsuit was filed, served, and settled on the same day—the day before Thanksgiving . . . I would think that the school Alums and supporters would be pissed about this. I’ll wait!

On Wednesday—before the long Thanksgiving weekend—the UNC Board of Governors agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the North Carolina division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans over Silent Sam, the monument demonstrators had toppled in August 2018.

WRAL published a story on the settlement at 2:13 p.m.

Under the terms of the consent decree—which the BOG had approved during a closed session that morning—the neo-Confederate group would receive the 106-year-old monument plus $2.5 million in “non-state funds” for a “charitable trust” to care for it. The charitable trust can build a permanent home for the monument, just not near a UNC campus.

About an hour after the BOG met to consider the settlement, the Sons of Confederate Veterans served the university with the lawsuit that the Board of Governors had already agreed to settle.

You read that correctly: The lawsuit was filed, served, and settled on the same day—the day before Thanksgiving—with the UNC Board of Governors agreeing to pay the Sons of Confederate Veterans millions of dollars to honor a controversial statue that had been a source of division on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus for decades. 

This odd timing was discovered by T. Greg Doucette—an attorney, former Board of Governors member, and INDY Voices columnist—who posted a Twitter thread on it Saturday. (Read Entire Article)

Internal bickering, Silent Sam protesters mark new UNC board leader’s first month – News & Observer


Harry Smith, the new leader of the UNC Board of Governors, tried Friday to turn the page from politics to policy for a governing panel that has been known for internal discord and controversy.

He urged the board to come together and unite behind UNC President Margaret Spellings, who he called “a phenomenal” leader.

“Pettiness and politics we will not be remembered for,” Smith said in remarks after his first meeting. “But if we can get focused on some great policy areas that Margaret and I have robust discussions on, then we can enhance the system.”

Earlier, he told the board: “If Margaret has a position that this board does not support, it’s my hope we respect it. She brings a great experience, knowledge, and it’s my hope we recognize that. … I would ask this board to put any history … behind you, hard feelings and come together in a respectful manner. Take the fact, data and detail and make sure we get it right.” (Read more)