I grew up in Asheville and was recently visiting the area. My brother still lives in Asheville. I read the [letter to the editor] “Remove Vance’s Name From Downtown Monument” [ March 30, Xpress]. I do not believe political leaders are turning a blind eye to racist policies. I believe history is just that: history.
You can’t change history, nor should you try turn it into a racial issue. It seems to me too much of our history is being claimed as racist. We have no control over history — it is what it is.
To ignore the positive things that have occurred in our history is an injustice. Sadly, it seems, most people today want to turn everything into a racial issue. Once again, we can’t change history, and a racial connotation need not be applied to everything.
— J.R. Gee