“The white-led action featured in your cover story was inspired by Black-led protests — which are the real story.”
Vance, Patton, Woodfin, Henderson, Weaver, Chunn, Baird — their names are familiar to anyone living in Asheville and Buncombe County today. All were wealthy and influential civic leaders. They were also major slaveholders or slave traders and white supremacists.
“Could the word “Vance” on the Vance Monument be covered with a new inscription: Black Lives Matter?”
More than 100 protesters chanting “I can’t breathe” and “Black lives matter, they really, really matter” gathered in Pack Square Park and marched to the plaza outside the Buncombe County Courthouse on May 29.
“I can accept liberal incrementalism unless it is fake, but it does demand that we decide on the first increment, and for me, increment No. 1 is stopping active abuse of the poor by municipal government.”
Asheville is an activist’s town, and 2018 controversies in local government, including the ongoing fallout from the investigation into former County Manager Wanda Greene and the police beating of Asheville resident Johnnie Rush, gave local residents plenty of reasons to seek change.
“Though progressives love to march, scream, ridicule, deceive and knit pink vagina hats, experience tells us there’s a big difference in motion and action. Your side has a growing attachment to distraction over productive social action.”
“As a multicultural community in which progressive values of inclusion and equality should prevail, Asheville deserves public servants, professionals and citizens who treat all people equally.”
Events around Western North Carolina will celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and provide opportunity for reflection on how his dreams remain relevant in today’s society.
“I pray that we can all keep that hope, move forward toward honest self-reflection and change.”
“How then, can Christians in America justify not loving their brothers and sisters of all races? God gave no race a superior status.”
“As senior whites living in Leicester, we appreciated being reminded of the challenges of living in a minority skin, forced to drag around stereotypes and misconceptions for life.”
“Let’s start in Asheville and fill that gaping hole in our country he talks about. Let’s fill it with love.”
“Yes, my friends, all lives do matter. But until white America realizes that black children are loved by their parents the same way you love yours, we are all in trouble. There’s a gaping hole in this country created by racism, and it’s waiting to be filled by something. It is we Americans, black and white, who will decide what fills this hole.”
“I joined the circle because parents of color have to worry about their kids encountering the wrong officer in a way my parents never did.”
Protestors occupying the lobby of APD’s downtown station have been given an ultimatum: leave the lobby by 2 p.m. or face arrest.
In “The Thirteenth Juror,” Asheville writer Nelda Holder explores one of the most controversial legal proceedings in modern history.
“Jim Crowe is dead, but he left his children, including James Crowe, Esq.,” said Rev. Dr. Keith Ogden, host pastor at Hill Street Baptist Church. “He’s got the ‘esquire’ after his name because he’s writing policies to keep folks disenfranchised.” The church hosted a Black Lives Matter service Dec. 14 to remember black lives lost […]