Few UNC students join Occupy Chapel Hill

By Reema Khrais

They’ve been out there for more than a month now – huddled in tents and calling for change. Members of Occupy Chapel Hill have been standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy movements around the world since they pitched their tents in mid-October. They’re located right on Franklin Street, just steps away from UNC’s campus. But being located right next to thousands of students doesn’t necessarily guarantee that they’ll participate.

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  1. Nothing about this is surprising; the “tarheel” spirit is a culture of apathy. UNC inoculates its students against meaningful activism by giving them just a touch of cultural critique.

    Remember, this is the school that managed to have no public conversation about American imperialism when their basketball team played on the boat from which Bin Laden’s corpse was thrown. And this is the school that builds shrines to Eve Carson while erasing the memory of Abhijit Mahato (whose death did not fit the color-scheme for their memory of tragedy). So of course UNC graduate students and faculty almost all stayed home reading Foucault and Asad, unwilling to offer any critique of power except across a lectern. And of course the undergraduates rejected the label “99%” as readily as they cover their bodies with the UNC logo. Apathy is Carolina Blue.

  2. Nothing about this is surprising; the “tarheel” spirit is a culture of apathy. UNC inoculates its students against meaningful activism by giving them just a touch of cultural critique.

    Remember, this is the school that managed to have no public conversation about American imperialism when their basketball team played on the boat from which Bin Laden’s corpse was thrown. And this is the school that builds shrines to Eve Carson while erasing the memory of Abhijit Mahato (whose death did not fit the color-scheme for UNC’s memory of tragedy). So of course UNC graduate students and faculty almost all stayed home reading Foucault and Asad, unwilling to offer any critique of power except across a lectern. And of course the undergraduates rejected the label “99%” as readily as they cover their bodies with the UNC logo. Apathy is Carolina Blue.

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