Why did white supremacists feel so emboldened as to come onto campus with firearms? Because UNC Police, with the support of the university, have been letting them do whatever they want for the entire 2018-2019 academic year. UNC Police have repeatedly been complicit in the presence of white supremacists on campus and have often provided them safe spaces, metal and human barricades, escorts, and front row parking to access McCorkle Place despite numerous violent threats made against students and the association of this group with multiple well-known and violent white supremacists.
Meanwhile, anti-racist students and community members have been tackled, pepper sprayed, struck by bicycles, and forced through the judicial system based on lies told by UNC police officers. With a UNC police tactic of "Arrest everyone, charge later", many of those targeted have found their charges dropped before trial or found not guilty at trial due to lack of evidence. This does not change that students and community members were forced through the process of being criminalized for standing up against racial injustice at our university.
These lies have been spread through official reports and statements put out by the university and the non-elected Board of Governors, who in turn have used the lies to further support militarizing our campus. Several students, who were exercising their right to protest, continue to be trespassed from McCorkle Place based on these lies.
If you share our anger, fear, and frustrations with UNC Chapel Hill administration & police aiding the presence of violent white supremacists on campus, while continuously targeting anti-racist students and community members for harm, we ask you to do the following:
1) Email Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, firstname.lastname@example.org, to express your concern for the lack of action by the university to prevent armed and violent white supremacists from freely moving about our campus as well as the lack of an Alert Carolina message at the time of the incident.
2) Email UNC Chief of Police Jeff McCracken at email@example.com and ask for an independent investigation to be conducted in regards to police actions on the afternoon of March 16, 2019 as well as for the remaining trespass notices against anti-racist students to be lifted immediately.
3) Email Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions, Stephen Farmer, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Dean of The Graduate School, Steven Matson, email@example.com, to express concern about recommending UNC to prospective students, particularly prospective students of color.
4) Email the Board of Governors, firstname.lastname@example.org, to demand they do not further militarize our campus and instead place our state's financial resources into mental health care needs, marginalized student support, and educational buildings and repair. You can read about the After Action Report and Task Force that recommended increased militarization of our campuses here: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2019/02/01/unc-releases-after-action-report-on-toppling-of-silent-sam/
5) Support student led actions against white supremacy. Follow @TakeActionCH on twitter for calls for support - just bearing witness at an action can bring about a great protective cloak for the community - and donate to their fundraiser to support those who have faced or are still facing criminal charges for their participation in demonstrations against white supremacy at UNC. https://fundrazr.com/SupportUNCActivists
6) Affirm and acknowledge students when they say they feel threatened by the presence of white supremacists on campus and in our community and do not feel safe in contacting the police about it. Create a culture of awareness and support in your departments and on-campus communities, not a culture that relies on a broken system of reporting violence to those who have been complicit in it. Here is a great resource to start discussing and implementing alternatives to calling police: http://www.aaronxrose.com/blog/alternatives-to-police
7) Check in on your colleagues, particularly your colleagues of color who often bear the additional weight of emotional labor in caring for our students of color. White people may want to commit to taking steps to move from actor to ally to accomplice in the fight for racial justice in our Carolina community and beyond.
8) Follow us on twitter @UnsafeAtUNC to stay up to date on what is going on, sign up for our email list, and share this information with your colleagues, family, friends, and UNC alumni!
Read about/watch some of the violence students and community members have experienced:
Video of UNC police interaction with white supremacists on Saturday, March 16, 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACe3x8vT70U&feature=youtu.be
A non-comprehensive list of hostile police actions towards anti-racist students and community members: https://twitter.com/sadlerja/status/1038886397413928960
August 26, 2018: https://triad-city-beat.com/climate-violence-students-set-stage-clashes-unc/
September 8, 2018 (video, CW for police brutality, thread contains multiple videos from this event): https://twitter.com/bycharliemcgee/status/1038572205192425472
December 3, 2018: (video of UNC police trying to dangerously pull students over barricade at a protest): https://youtu.be/03iTvVoP3G4
March 11, 2019: https://triad-city-beat.com/maya-little-found-not-guilty-assault-misdemeanor-riot/
March 11, 2019: https://indyweek.com/news/orange/a-unc-student-says-a-cop-lied-silent-sam-protest/
This twitter thread also details out the evidence behind the UNC police officer who lied on the witness stand: https://twitter.com/takeactionch/status/1108118923579404288
March 12, 2019 - White supremacist Lance Spivey posting (CW for white supremacism): https://t.co/njWuQAuboT