An all-female dorm in North Carolina is being decorated in a Confederate flag-themed way, The Washington D.C. Post reported Wednesday.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and its affiliated colleges have been a hotbed of controversy in recent years, with some students and faculty demanding that the school drop its affiliation with the Confederate Civil War memorial.
The school, which also operates private colleges and universities in other states, has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks after a video showed students chanting “blood and soil” in an off-campus fraternity house.
Students are also demanding that administrators remove the Confederate battle flag from the campus buildings, which are still on display.
“The flag is symbolic of the Confederacy,” student activist Emma Davis told The Washington Times in a statement Wednesday.
“We do not want to be symbols of the war.”
She continued, “We are here to celebrate our heritage and the beauty of our nation.”
Students are expected to assemble outside the University of Chapel Hill on Thursday and on Friday to demand the school “remove the Confederate Flag from the University buildings.”
They will also hold a rally at the university’s campus on Saturday.
The flags are also displayed at other North Carolina colleges and other public institutions, according to a recent statement from the university.
“At this time, the flag on campus is not the official emblem of the university,” the statement said.
“However, the flags are an integral part of the University’s diverse history and traditions and reflect our values of inclusion, respect and equity.”
Davis, who is also the founder of the student group Black Lives Matter, told the newspaper the flag represents a “fear of white supremacy.”
“The symbol of the flag that we see today, the symbol of white power, it’s racist and a symbol of genocide and slavery,” Davis said.
She also said she would “continue to call for the removal of the flags from our campuses.”
UNC-Chapel Hill’s president, Kent Sorenson, issued a statement on Wednesday that said, “As a university, we stand with the students, faculty and staff who believe the flag should be removed from campus.”
The university has previously said it will remove the flag.
“There are a number of actions that can be taken to remove the emblem, including the removal and removal of other flags,” Sorenman said in an email to The Washington Standard in March.
The flag is a “symbol of white oppression,” the university said in a separate statement in September, adding that it is “the product of decades of racial, ethnic, class and cultural oppression.”
It also said the flag is “a reminder of the past, and that we must move forward in a more just, equitable, inclusive society.”
The student group Students United for Civil Rights said Wednesday that the flag was “an emblem of white privilege.”
It added, “The symbols of hate are everywhere: on the Confederate flags, on Confederate monuments, on the memorials, on our streets, and on our campuses.
We need to demand that these symbols be removed.”
The flag will be removed in a few days, the group said in the statement.
“It is important that the flags be returned to the black and brown communities in North Carolinias capital, Raleigh,” the group’s statement said, adding, “It’s time for all students to take back their college campuses.”