Wait! White privilege? Me? I’m no more privileged than anyone I know… It was Week 3 of a nine-week lesson in awareness that I hope I’ll never forget — and wish I’d taken years ago. Building Bridges of Asheville is one part awakening, two parts “whack upside the head” and nine parts “meet you halfway,” […]
From the Get It! Guide: “I kept hearing about how diverse this community is, but I didn’t see it,” recalls Building Bridges co-chair Audrey Yatras of her 2006 move to Asheville. “We want to pat ourselves on the back, but we’re actually not diverse at all. “
On Monday, Jan. 23, several dozen citizens will sit down together to build bridges — bridges of racial understanding.
When I think of all that Building Bridges has meant, both to me personally and to the Asheville community as a whole, I am nearly overwhelmed. I’ve been privileged to be involved with the Building Bridges of Asheville Racism Discussion Series since its inception, more than 11 years ago — first as a small-group leader, […]
So, segregation is over, laws have changed, and now everything is equal between white and black people. Right? Well, how come our churches and neighborhoods are still largely unintegrated, and blacks still have so many more barriers to jobs, education, loans and more? If you’re white, like me, you probably do sense that things are […]
For Tyrone Greenlee, the Building Bridges program has helped to heal some of the racial scars he suffered growing up as an African-American boy in Asheville. For others, the eight-week seminar simply offers an eye-opening look at how racism operates — not only in Asheville, but across America. Building Bridges uses speakers, videos, readings and […]