How to Anti- A Monument
White supremacy did not begin with Confederate monuments, nor will it end when they are gone. Yet monuments have the power to shape collective memory and manipulate the past to construct and maintain violent master narratives. As activists in Chapel Hill, NC at the University of North Carolina, this year in the wake of the brave toppling of Silent Sam, a monument erected as part of a Klan led state-wide racist intimidation campaign in explicit defense of slavery, we've seen how the the removal of these monuments, by any means necessary, is as an integral action in combatting white supremacy. However, it is necessary that the fight does not end here. How else might we continue to transfigure the landscape, to reckon with acts of racist intimidation that continue to shape this land?
Collective, community based direct action gets it done when institutions and conventional power structures continue to fail us, as we've seen this year. However, our friends, neighbors, and collaborators continue to face charges for fighting white-supremacy. This poster was originally printed in a run of 28 with 2 artists proofs to support the Anti-Racist Activist Fund, a legal aid and bail fund set up in August 2018 after Silent Sam's long-overdue toppling, finally silencing the racist specter that had marred UNC's campus for 105 years. It is now available to download here.
Monument Lab Fellow
Take Action Chapel Hill (Gina Balamucki and Maya Little) is a grassroots activist coalition based in Chapel Hill, NC. Formed in August 2018 to support anti-racist activists facing charges related to protests against white supremacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, they created the Anti-Racist Activist Fund which provides support for current and future defendants in the struggle against white supremacy in Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. Their organizing efforts led to the takedown of the contentious confederate monument Silent Sam and ongoing efforts to challenge narratives of campus history related to Civil War and racial justice.