Fact: Political leaders who promote or turn a blind eye to racist policies and places are not remembered fondly in history.
So, my question for you politicians today is: How do you think you will be remembered? Will your service be noted by your inaction to remove the name of the horrific slave owner ([Zebulon] Vance) from the monument at the center of our town? Or will it be noted for creating a more inclusive tone in the heart of our city by renaming the monument for someone more deserving?
Will you be remembered for protecting the “right” of the dangerous few that insist on flying the Confederate flag and thereby instilling visceral fear in the hearts of others? Or, will you ensure the safety and security of all Asheville residents by protecting us from the menace of those who wish turn back the clock on human and civic progress?
It’s not too late for you to be on the right side of history. Be the leaders we elected you to be and take a stand against hate. Other U.S. cities are removing Confederate symbology and monuments. Let’s not waste any more time — Asheville needs to join them, now.
— Lindsey Miguelez