I’m sure my eyes weren’t the only ones that rolled when N&O editors complained that the divisiveness and rancor of a recent UNC Board of Governors (BOG) meeting threatened the “reputation and stability of the university.”
The over-the-top comments are a clear sign that recent actions by the BOG have clearly piqued editors. Banning the Center for Civil Rights from litigating, public disagreements with UNC Administration over communications regarding the possible removal of the “Silent Sam” confederate statue and recent proposals to lower UNC tuition and move UNC General Administration out of Chapel Hill have sent editors into orbit.
No, I don’t necessarily agree with all of these actions. But neither do I agree that they reflect what N&O editors call a board “hijacked by partisan politics.”
Such accusations are the common refrain of liberals and progressives who increasingly find themselves on the outside looking in and have a need to explain the status quo.
They also convey an important truth of such advocates: most any BOG action with which the left disagrees, it will smear as political.
Of course, liberals and progressives throughout the media, state government and the university are dumbstruck when others accuse them of politics, since they believe themselves to be above or outside politics and working for the good of the people. We should thank editors for continually reminding us that previous UNC boards didn’t engage in politics. It’s only since Republicans gained a majority that things have become so overtly political.
It’s hypocrisy of the highest order and an arrogance that blinds. But what else is new?