All monuments that represent and reinforce an idealized view of U.S. history in which white supremacy is glossed over, prettied up, or simply denied need to come down. This monument should be replaced by a memorial to the incarcerated black people who died building the Swannanoa Tunnel! https://bittersoutherner.com/2020/somebody-died-babe-a-musical-coverup-of-racism-violence-and-greed
Traitors, racists, and white supremacists don't deserve honors. This is a part of our history that brings shame upon us. We don't have to forget our history, even the evil acts we committed, but we should not celebrate those evils.
I'm signing this petition to remove the Vance Monument from the Asheville City Square because it represents a man and a period of our history that treated Blacks as chattel. It symbolizes hatred and institutional inequality and discrimination. There are many more egalitarian and positive images that could be placed in that spot; one that is inclusive of everyone. We are all human beings. We should be viewed and treated equally.