Amen for the toppling of Silent Sam on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

While some bemoan the students’ actions as violence and vandalism, their actions were far nobler than those who erected the statue and those who want it returned to its pedestal. After all, few people have mourned the violence and vandalism wreaked upon me and the souls of thousands of African-American Tar Heel students who trekked by Sam over the years.

A monument to soldiers who rode off to war to maintain slavery and white supremacy in the South doesn’t deserve a spot on UNC’s campus.

I only hope that the proposed Fayetteville Civil War museum does not become a colossal local symbol romanticizing the old Confederacy.

Cureton L. Johnson, UNC-Chapel Hill Class of 1971, Fayetteville