American Confederate Statue – level 3
Student activists at the University of North Carolina held a rally on campus last week, seeking the removal of a Confederate statue known as ‘Silent Sam’.
As they saw the statue as a symbol of racist heritage, they suddenly toppled it several hours into the protest. They kicked the monument and cheered around the empty pedestal.
The University condemned the destruction and police made one arrest.
Difficult words: rally (protest), heritage (cultural values which are passed from generation to generation), topple (cause to fall), pedestal (a rock on which a statue stands), condemn (criticise, strongly disagree with).
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