It is extremely hard to remove White Supremacist Confederate Monuments in North Carolina. Why?In 2015 then-Governor Pat McCrory signed into a law a bill that banned state agencies and local governments from taking down any “object of remembrance” on public property that “commemorates an event, a person, or military service that is part of North Carolina’s history.” In order to move monuments a state law would be needed to remove a monument or relocate
one to a site that’s not of “similar prominence.” In 2018 the NC Historical Commission studied removal and determined their hands were tied until the law was changed.
What can NC do now?
Governor Roy Cooper can move the statues if he sees that they are a threat to public safety. Safety concerns surpass the 2015 law. As we’ve seen with Silent Sam, as well as with monuments in other states, when the legislature restricts the people’s ability to act, the public takes matters into their own hands. This is dangerous and divisive. It is a matter of public safety to move the monuments from public land. We can, also, ask our representatives to pass a law overturning the 2015 law. In order for this to pass we need a concerted effort to vote out congressional leaders who continue to refuse the monuments.Confederate monuments serve as rallying points for those that hold on to belief systems rooted in bigotry and racial supremacy, and do not embody the ideas or values of Raleigh, North Carolina, or the United States. They were wrong when they were installed, and they are just as wrong today. They have no place in our public spaces and THEY MUST BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY!
Sign the petition to let the NC General Assembly know they are expected to act! Further, if you live in Raleigh we encourage you to contact Raleigh City Council and let them know that they should pressure the NCGA for immediate removal to keep the public safe.