On Monday, August 20, activists at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill toppled a statute that was a monument to the pro-slavery Confederate cause in America’s Civil War. The statue, nicknamed “Silent Sam,” depicts a Confederate soldier.
Later that week, Right Wing Watch’s Jared Holt caught wind of plans by far-right neo-Confederate groups to gather in protest at the site of the statue’s vacated pedestal.
The pro-Confederacy activists were met by a vocal group of anti-racism/anti-fascism protesters, who aggressively sought to obscure the flags and imagery of the far-right demonstrators with signs decrying white supremacy.
Several scuffles broke out between the two groups; seven people were arrested by the time the day was over.