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>> Silent families must go away.>> Students at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill are refusing to stay silent on the school's plans to relocate a Confederate statue that was toppled during summer protest.>> This is what democracy looks like.>> More than 100 students marched through campus Monday night to denounce the school's plan to house the Silent Sam monument in a new $5 million campus facility being built to display the statue and other historical artifacts.
>> When you alot $5 million to a shrine to the Confederacy States of America instead of giving
students a cultural center or investing resources.>>
>> Or investing resources in diversity programs. It is hard to believe that inclusively is genuinely in your hearts.>> The university's chancellor says a state law requires the school to keep the statue on campus.
That law, passed in 2015, prohibits state agencies, from removing or relocating state owned monuments.>> I have a preference to move it off-campus, but like everyone here, I swore to obey the law, and sometimes you don't agree with laws.>> The Silent Sam statue stood on UNC's campus for more than 100 years before it was pulled down by protesters in August.
The monument commemorated North Carolina's Confederate soldiers. The statue was 1 of more than 100 Confederate monuments that have been removed across the US in recent years. The university's plan to relocate Silent Sam still has to be approved by the board of governors. The new building is expected to be finished in four years and will cost more than $800,000 a year to operate.