Ex-GOP gov compares activists who toppled Confederate monument to Nazi book burners
Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Tuesday compared protesters who brought down a Confederate memorial on the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s campus earlier this week to Nazis.
“Are they (protesters) any different than Nazis of the 1930s, 1920s in Germany tearing down statues, burning books?” McCrory asked during his morning show on WBT radio, local CBS affiliate WBTV reported.
McCrory’s remarks came the morning after a group of protesters toppled the university’s controversial monument, known as “Silent Sam,” dedicated to its students who fought for the Confederacy. The memorial, erected in 1913, had been the site of numerous protests and acts of vandalism, particularly in recent years, prompting university officials to double down on security, which cost $390,000 in one year.
Nooses had been found around the statue’s neck and one UNC student, Maya Little, was arrested in April for covering the monument with her own blood and red paint as part of a demonstration, UNC’s student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, reported.
Little faces criminal charges for defacing the statue and has been associated with organizing Monday night’s protest of Silent Sam, which she has denied, according to The Daily Tar Heel.
McCrory said he was unhappy with how protesters removed the statue.
“It wasn’t the statue that caused this,” he continued on his radio show. “The statue is a piece of metal. It’s our understanding of history and trying to present history in today’s time … We can find fault in everybody . . . Thomas Jefferson (and) George Washington owned slaves. Should we take down the Washington Monument? The Jefferson Memorial?… Do you think these left-wing anarchists are going to end with Silent Sam?”
The former governor also said in a later interview this week that he would like to see more statues honoring leaders of the Civil Rights movement.
“I believe in building more statues not tearing down statues,” McCrory said.
“Our nation’s history is not perfect, we are not perfect,” he added. “We’ll never be a perfect union just like we’re not perfect individuals.”
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