Group Calls on North Carolina to Ditch 'Tar Heels'

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Ever wonder how the University of North Carolina got its "Tar Heels" nickname?

One group claiming that the name's origins are tied to the Confederacy and white supremacy wants to see "Tar Heels" retired.

As reported by The News & Observer of Raleigh, a dozen protesters calling themselves the Union Soldiers Campaign stood outside the administrative building at UNC-Chapel Hill on Tuesday afternoon arguing against the name, which they say refers to Confederate soldiers who stood their ground against "northern aggression" as if they had tar on their heels. In doing so, those Confederates fought against the values and ideals of the United States.

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