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THREAD: at #AHA2019, I will discuss conflicts between fascists/neoconfeds and anti-racists after the fall of #SilentSam. How should academics should react when confronted with the worst of the issues we study? I argue that UNC's response amounts to collaboration with fascism. 1/
First - let’s establish the presence of fascists on the side UNC describes simply as “pro-Silent Sam.” Activists have documented the participation of several groups who marched with Nazis in Charlottesville during the Unite the Right rally in 2017. I'll list a few examples. 2/
By 8/30/18, 4 members of NC Shield Guard had RSVP'd to an event organized by neoconfederate hate group ACTBAC. 3/
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This is a long one about #SilentSam especially if you're going to be on campus today supporting the students/faculty. It's about white supremacists we probably all know as native North Carolinians. We grew up with these people. #StrikeDownSam
Today, I reported the first person I actually know to Facebook because W.T.F. I unfriended this person a while ago because he was just not a person I cared to associate with any longer. I grew up with this person. I'm not exactly surprised but am disappointed, sad, and angry.
His is the second comment in the photo below.
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If you, like me, are happy to see but confused by the multitude of statements/open letters/etc. that you can sign on to supporting the @UNC community and #StrikeDownSam, this is a thread for you. 1/
"An Open Letter from UNC Graduate Students”
NOTE: This is new as of Tuesday night (Dec. 11)

Sign if you are: A UNC Grad student 2/
“OPEN LETTER TO PARENTS AND GUARDIANS OF STUDENTS AT UNC-CHAPEL HILL”

Sign if you are: A UNC professor, instructor of record, grad student, or staff 3/
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On this day in 1970, Black UNC students declared "Black Monday" after cops rushed a striking workers' picket line & arrested UNC Black Student Movement leader Jack McClain. This was 1yr after BSM's support for a UNC cafeteria worker strike which ended in wage increase & union.
Later, UNC fired one of the leaders of the food service strike, a Black worker named Elizabeth Brooks. "She felt they were firing her now because they knew that if she was fired in the fall there would be a chance for another strike." (from @unc_bsm Black Ink)
Black Monday was a call from the UNC Black Student Movement for Black students from across the state to come to UNC to support the striking UNC food service workers. "On the eve of their coming, the strike was settled." #UNC #StrikeDownSam
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