A small group calling themselves “Heirs of the Confederacy” were drowned out by a much larger group of anti-racist protesters in Chapel Hill on Saturday.
The group gathered to protest the removal of “Silent Sam,” a bronze statue commemorating a Confederate soldier.
“Join us as we protest the anti confederate hysteria espoused by authorities, officials, students, faculty, staff and organizations in Chapel Hill/UNC that have succumbed to a state of anarchy and utter disregard for the rule of law,” Heirs of the Confederacy said while promoting the event.
The group was met by a much larger group protesting racism.
“Go home, racists!” they chanted.
Drowned out by the chants of “go home #racists” & “F the #confederacy “ some members of #HeirsOfTheConfederacy lose their umbrella & a large #ConfederateFlag in occasional skirmish with anti #SilentSam protesters. Rain isnt forgiving the paper #anti racism placards either @WFMY pic.twitter.com/01MgvBeK8FADVERTISEMENT
— Adaure Achumba (@adaure) February 23, 2019
They also chanted, “One, two, three — f*ck white supremacy!”
#LastManStanding a pro #SilentSam protester from #HeirsOfTheConfederacy remains defiant of dozens of anti-racism protesters on @Unc campus in @chapelhillgov chanting #GoHomeRacists #RunTheseRacistsOutOfTown @WFMY pic.twitter.com/U45zlk7aPU
— Adaure Achumba (@adaure) February 23, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
Another chant was, “Cops and Klan go hand in hand.”
— Jordan Green (@jordangreentcb) February 23, 2019
“Despite some shoving and a brief tug-of-war over a Confederate flag, there were no arrests and there appeared to be no injuries except to participants’ vocal cords during the two-hour clash,” The News and Observer reported.
— Bob Karp (@BobKarpDR) February 23, 2019