Today ends in a “y” so you can figure Freedom Of Speech got another kick in the teeth at Chancellor Carol Folt’s academic institution – UNC-CH – AGAIN. …. This time is was Supporting Pro-Life that was VERBOTEN at “The University of The People”.
The following article is pretty self-explanatory. It’s an old story that gets repeated…. and repeated…. and repeated. It seems Chancellor Folt and the UNC Board of Trustees simply don’t care. Do you…. “care”?
Pro-life message silenced at UNC
Pro-life chalk messages written on sidewalks by Carolina Students for Life were erased Wednesday night by a pro-choice group.
An email from the Students United for Reproductive Justice president to the student body claimed “This is triggering. This is violence. This is co-optation. This is not okay.”
Pro-life chalk messages written on sidewalks at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill were erased Wednesday night by a pro-choice group that felt they were “triggering.”
Grace Garner, president of the university’s Carolina Students for Life chapter, told Campus Reform that members of the group had chalked “positive, life-affirming messages” on sidewalks around campus as part of Pro-Life Chalk Day, only to see them erased within a matter of hours.
“We went out at about 7:00, and some of us were out as late as 2:00 in the morning,” Garner recalled, adding that the group is “very sad and distressed about the students who erased the messages.”
Pictures of the chalkings that were provided to Campus Reform depict slogans such as “End the War on Women,” “Life is Beautiful! Everyone Deserves a Chance to Live it,” and “Planned Parenthood Stops 867 Hearts per Day.” Another message gave the phone number to a free, 24/7 pregnancy helpline.
Around 10:00 p.m., a mass email was sent to UNC students by Jennifer Myers, president of the UNC chapter of Students United for Reproductive Justice (SURJ), announcing that she and another member of the group had “mopped up” the chalk messages, and encouraging other students to follow suit. The email has since been reproduced and posted on Facebook with typos corrected.
“Someone or a group of folks has written triggering/problematic/co-opted anti-choice messaging on the bricks all around campus (largely the quad area),” Myers wrote in the email. “If you see someone writing anti-choice and triggering messages and feel safe approaching them, try to engage them in conversation about it. Otherwise plz go HAM on erasing the messages in whatever ways you can.
“This is triggering. This is violence. This is co-optation. This is not okay,” the email continues before closing with a call to “Stay rad (stay rude).”
Myers had not responded to an email from Campus Reform requesting an interview for this story at press time.
UNC’s student organization handbook includes a section on chalking, but the only restriction is that students are not allowed to chalk or tape on the walls of buildings or other vertical surfaces. Garner told Campus Reform that “student organizations write chalk messages all the time” without incident.