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“This isn’t a race issue, and it’s not NAACP saying whether or not Billy Thomas is a decent person and whether or not he needs to be ostracized,” he said. “I’ve gotten approached about that and that’s not the case at all. The decision was really about honoring the group’s constitution that the University approved of,” he added.

Terri Tucson, director of the UNC Rainbow Coalition said there was not enough information to know if it was a case of discrimination. “I feel confident that the University is going to do its due diligence in making sure that the policy was adhered to, and if they find that it was not adhered to they will take the appropriate action,” Tucson said.

Billy Thomas said he still enjoys a strong friendship with members of the group. He just wonders why he was excluded for his beliefs by a group that usually encourages inclusion. “Can’t we all just get along?” asked Thomas. “I doubt it,” Thomas added doubtingly.

“I’m especially appreciative of the willingness of the larger UNC community to openly engage in the dialogue and I trust there will be continued respect for all parties involved,” Billy added with a glimmer of hope in his eye. Lux Libertas. It must have been the light of liberty.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.