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UNC shuffling chancellor out the door early after she ordered Confederate monument removed in overnight operation

UNC shuffling chancellor out the door early after she ordered Confederate monument removed in overnight operation

The University of North Carolina board of governors accepted outgoing Chancellor Carol Folt's resignation Tuesday, but opted for a two-week notice rather than allowing her to stay through graduation as she had planned.

The board's chairman wasn't shy about explaining that Folt's exit was hastened due to her decision to order the remnants of a Confederate monument removed in the overnight hours following her announcement Monday.

Students who had campaigned for Silent Sam's removal did a victory lap Monday night, holding an impromptu news conference next to the monument's base prior to its removal.

"This victory comes not because of what we've done this year, but because of the decades of black student and black faculty and black worker-led struggle at UNC," activist Gina Balamucki told reporters.

UNC student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, noted that "some activists, particularly activists of color, were not at the press conference," which student activist Kristen Lavery acknowledged, asserting, "I would say one of the primary impacts on why a lot of people of color were not here tonight, is a lot of them were targeted (by) the police and are trespassed from here."

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