Honoring Silent Sam - When Good Men Are Pushed Too Far
Over the weekend, you may have heard news reports that read something like “Protestor Waving Confederate Battle Flag Arrested After Assaulting UNC Counter Protestor ”.
As Paul Harvey would say, here’s the “rest of the story”…
Barry Brown woke up Saturday morning and decided to make his way to Chapel Hill, NC to lay flowers at the base of the Silent Sam memorial at UNC. Since the violent riot a week ago in which radical students tore down the Silent Sam statue from its base, many citizens have made the same pilgrimage, leaving flowers at the base as a tribute to the 1,062 UNC students, faculty, and alumni who served in the War Between the States.
Upon arrival, he was met by a small, but vicious crowd of students, holding signs that read “Y’ALL AIN’T WELCOME “ and other hate-filled slogans. They carried bull horns and were surrounding anyone who came in support of Silent Sam, invading their space and shouting obscenities in their faces.
These are some of the chants that were being shouted, and were captured on video…
“NO COPS, NO KLAN, WE GOT RID OF SILENT SAM”
“5-6-7-8 CONFEDERATE HISOTRY IS ALL ABOUT HATE”
“WHAT GOES UP, MUST COME DOWN, WE TORE YOUR F***’ING STATUE DOWN”
Determined to not be dissuaded by the aggressive mob of neo-marxists, Mr. Brown proceeded to venture through the crowd to place the floral tribute at the memorial. His way was blocked continually, and as he tried to maneuver through, someone in the crowd grabbed his flag pole, while another student protestor, who had been blocking his path, attempted to snatch the floral tribute out of his hands, all while local law enforcement stood nearby, watching.
When the punk grabbed the flowers, Barry swung his (now free) right arm and landed a punch to his jaw. Flowers retrieved, Barry quietly walked away with police officers as they stepped in to escort him away.
During the process of arresting him for assault, the neo-marxists were able to snatch the flowers and made a show of destroying them.
Barry was charged and released and will have his first court appearance on Thursday. The thugs who grabbed his flag and flowers were not charged.
Let me stop here for just a moment and state, without equivocation, that neither I, nor the Virginia Flaggers in any way condone violence of any sort, in any circumstance. While this gentleman is not a member of our organization, we have stood with him before in Danville and Lexington and found him to be a good and decent man, and never saw him lose his temper or behave in any way other than that of a gentleman, standing for his heritage.
My point in relaying this story is to suggest that even good men, when pushed to limits of patience and frustrated by the rampant lawlessness and complete lack of decency and respect displayed by these violent mobs, are going to be compelled to strike back when an attempt is made to take something out of their hands or impede their attempt to pay respects at a memorial. We all watched Monday night as the police stepped back and “monitored” the rioters while they tore down the Silent Sam statue right in front of them, without stopping them or even detaining a single one of the criminals after they violated state and federal laws.
There needs to be a clear message sent to University officials, law enforcement, and city leaders: Get your children under control…or there will be more incidents like this one, where discipline is delivered at the hands of strangers, because it has never been applied at home, nor received from the University which they are privileged to attend.
In the meantime, #Flowers4Sam is picking up steam…
These beautiful flowers were placed today in memory of Captain James J. Cherry, UNC class of 62, and captain of the Roanoke Minute Men, Co A, 14th NC.
Killed at Chancellorsville in 63.
Special thanks to Adjutant Jim Ward, B.Gen. W.W. Kirkland Camp SCV , Chapel Hill, for coordinating the ground logistics.
If you would like to arrange for a tribute to be placed, please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org... and send us photos of the tribute so we can share and inspire others! "God has not called us to be nice. Rather, he has called us to be good. Here’s the difference: nice people never confront evil. Good people do. Nice people are weak. Good people are strong."