Hundreds of students and parishioners gathered at the University of North Carolina on Monday evening to voice their outrage when they learned that the university wanted to build a $ 5 million building for Silent Sam on campus, a statue of one Confederate soldiers from the Chapel Hill campus, who were razed by demonstrators in August.
University Chancellor Carol Folt, who in the past had expressed a desire to remove the statue, said the facility was intended to "contextualise" the statue and follow the law of North Carolina, which prevents that the statue is completely removed. Protesters criticized the university's efforts to protect a statue they call white supremacy, and other critics have accused the university of giving their responsibility to their black students to bow to conservative donors.
As the student activist was not allowed to be incalculable, Fox News host Laura Ingraham took the demonstrators to her show on Tuesday. "Look, every country, every story has its bad side and it has its good sides," she said. "Good stuff, bad stuff. However, this is reminiscent of the kind of destructive thinking of ISIS. "
According to Ingraham, these demonstrators are "enemies of history" and more akin to a terrorist group ruled by violence known for ethnic cleansing and other war crimes than civil rights activists. "Think of ISIS, what they did," she said. "They plundered and destroyed irreplaceable, historical and religious monuments. Remember Palmyra in Syria, simply because they could. It was offensive to her. "
While demonstrators would argue that unlike ISIS, which targeted cult sites and historical artifacts as part of its power campaign in the region to assert its cultural dominance, they reject the continued worship of statues that were often built Decades after the Civil War, while Jim Crow and the Civil Rights era, to strengthen white supremacy and change the image of the Confederacy as part of the myth movement "Lost Cause," Ingraham sees both groups as simply an attempt to wipe out history.
She is not the first to make the claim. Corey Stewart, the far-right Republican nominee who lost to Tim Kaine in November in the Virginia Senate, asserted in 2017 that anyone who wanted to "destroy artifacts of history" was " like ISIS . Ingraham and Stewart should be reassured to know that six other states have laws like that of North Carolina – which passed its law with Alabama after the Charleston, South Carolina (19459034) had shot the church in response to the nationwide backlash against symbols White supremacy – prohibition of the removal of monuments.