We, the faculty, graduate students and staff of the Department of Romance Studies condemn the recently-announced plan for the UNC system to provide $2.5 million dollars to the Sons of Confederate Veterans to preserve and display the Silent Sam monument.  We endorse the UNC Faculty Council’s statement and join in the call for an investment in resources to try to repair the economic and cultural harm done by that transfer of resources. As a department that embodies diversity and multiculturalism we commit to building an environment that is just, safe and inclusive for all members in our university community and beyond.

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