I love this city; Asheville, it’s great, right? The mountains are beautiful in the background, we have lots of bars and restaurants here, good art and mostly lovely weather. But what else do we have? Hmmm, we have a vibrant and eclectic community, according to word of mouth. But, do we have people who represent all walks of life in our downtown, academic and government sectors? Where are they, in fact? Oh wait, I see them now in this intensely diverse city. They are hanging in high-dollar art shops and being sold by healers who claim indigenous knowledge. Oh OK, that’s where they are. And, that is what I see in this gorgeous little tourist town.
If Cultural Appropriation through New Age mysticism is theft, then Asheville is the biggest thief I’ve ever known. People of Asheville, heal yourselves and stop paying white people to steal from natives to make you feel better!
— Lindsey Miguelez