It doesn't get much uglier than this tale:
When the UNC System announced it had settled a lawsuit that the public hadn’t yet heard about last week, Kevin Stone began celebrating his secret role in a “major strategic victory” for the pro-Confederate movement.
Stone, commander of the North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc., emailed his group that day with information he wouldn’t tell the media or others about. He described many months of confidential negotiations and meetings, invisible to the public and only fully understood by SCV leadership, attorneys and unspecified members of the UNC Board of Governors.
There are so many aspects of this deal that stink I don't even know where to start. From my understanding, the full Board of Governors has not met since mid-November, so this $2.5 Million racist boondoggle occurred without a vote. And what gets under my skin even more is the fact the dude who was pushing for this is a state employee funded by taxpayers:
A copy of the email from Stone, who is also a state-employed corrections officer in Chatham County, was leaked Monday by an anonymous SCV member to Durham attorney T. Greg Doucette. The Daily Tar Heel verified the legitimacy of the email with Stone himself, who declined to comment further.
“There have been those who say we’ve ‘lost the respect’ of the (Board of Governors), etc., while during this whole time, we were working directly with them and for the honour of our ancestors,” he wrote in the SCV email. “What we have accomplished is something that I never dreamed we could accomplish in a thousand years, and all at the expense of the University itself.”
I agree with him on that last part. I never dreamed the UNC BOG could be so stupid as to attempt such a deal, much less follow through with it. We'll see y'all in court.