UNC-Chapel Hill Fraternity Brothers Raise $485K Protecting American Flag

Pro-Palestine protesters gathered at UNC-Chapel Hill, attempting to raise the PLO flag and defacing a building. Fraternity brothers protected the American flag, sparking a fundraising campaign that raised over $485,000.

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Bijay Laxmi
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UNC-Chapel Hill Fraternity Brothers Raise $485K Protecting American Flag

UNC-Chapel Hill Fraternity Brothers Raise $485K Protecting American Flag

On Saturday, May 12, 2024, pro-Palestine protesters gathered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) ahead of graduation ceremonies. The protesters, who had been demonstrating on campus for two weeks, were intent on raising the flag of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on campus.

In response, a group of fraternity brothers from UNC-Chapel Hill protected the American flag from being taken down. Following this incident, the fraternity brothers started a fundraising campaign, which has raised over $485,000 as of the latest update.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the ongoing tensions and polarization on college campuses regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with implications for free speech, student safety, and the role of universities in addressing global issues. The significant fundraising success of the fraternity brothers also underscores thepower of social media and online activism in mobilizing support for competing ideologies.

The protests, which began two weeks prior, were in response to the ongoing war in Gaza against Hamas. During this time, "at least 36 people were detained and 30 were cited for trespassing." In response to the protests, UNC announced changes to graduation guidelines, requiring graduates to present their UNC One Card to enter Kenan Stadium.

The protesters left behind red handprints on the South Building, along with photos of Interim Chancellor Lee Roberts, and a poster that read: "On this monumental [and] historic day, our Chancellor has shown his true colors. Rather than support the student body, he supports GENOCIDE."

The fraternity brothers' actions in protecting the American flag and their subsequent fundraising success have garnered significant attention. As tensions remain high on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, the university continues to navigate the challenges of balancing free speech, student safety, and the right to peaceful protest.

Key Takeaways

  • Pro-Palestine protesters gathered at UNC-Chapel Hill, attempting to raise the PLO flag.
  • Fraternity brothers protected the American flag from being taken down.
  • The brothers' fundraising campaign raised over $485,000.
  • Protests were in response to the ongoing war in Gaza against Hamas.
  • UNC changed graduation guidelines, requiring UNC One Card for entry.