Take It Down, UNCA: Remove the Name of Confederate General Vance

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Patrick Frame
6 years ago
I want my alma mater to be a place everyone feels safe and respected. If a well known racists name stays a part of the campus, how can UNC-A claim to truly strive for racial diversity?

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Martina Osteyee-Hoffman
6 years ago
Racism shouldn't be accepted under the guise of "heritage."

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Leigh Whittaker
6 years ago
I have several reasons to why Vance Hall, named after Governor and Representative Zebulon Vance, should not be on our campus.

1) Our student population is ~83% White.

2) Zebulon Vance's family enslaved people.

3) Zebulon Vance not only "owned" people, but he was adamant to upholding the vicious institution of slavery in our country, to the point that he earned himself the honor of being nicknamed the "War Governor of the South". This is the kind of "Southern Pride" that I am sure is not in congruence with UNC Asheville's mission and values.

4) Since UNC Asheville is featured on some off-brand KKK website for being one of the best universities to attend because of our lack of racial diversity, I think it's time that we BEGIN to rid ourselves of the chains that make some Black or Brown students feel uncomfortable on our campus.

5) From an economic standpoint, to my knowledge, the Vance family does not actually pay for any sort of maintenance of this building. (If they do, I would say they are late on some payments....) Actually, I’m curious to know if the Vance family is even aware that we have this building named after our "esteemed" governor on our campus.

6) Our campus, like many others, severely lacks diversity when it comes to the names of buildings and landmarks on our campuses. As an institution with a reputation as “forward-thinking”, I think we can change the name of a dingy building in the center of our campus. (Also, does it make anyone else uncomfortable that the name of a person who enslaved people is the home to our campus police? I acknowledge that they’re planning to move to a different building, but let’s be serious, people.)

7) This man is glorified with many monuments across this state and even a few scattered throughout this country. (Not to mention Vance County and Zebulon, North Carolina. Oh yeah, and that large Washington Monument look-a-like right in the center of downtown Asheville.) While I know that some Board members insist that we keep Vance Hall to "acknowledge our history", I am quite certain that this man has enough recognition to suffice his supporters. If opponents to Zebulon Vance must remain silent and compliant to the family name being plastered on our building, maps, and otherwise, then all I request is to have a big, shiney placard on the front of Vance Hall acknowledging the FULL history of Zebulon Vance.

8) I love my university, but we must know the appropriate time to stop masking the glorification of slaveowners and racists as merely just "a part of our history that we must acknowledge". As a Southern millennial, I am very well-aware of our history, as it seems like these horrific incidents are not truly in the past. (Cue, everything that has happened this past month. INCLUDING the burning of Black churches, which much of the media chooses to ignore.) I hope UNC Asheville sees that this SYMBOLIC gesture will only help our campus move forward towards some real progress regarding racial and cultural diversity.

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Miles Kelley
6 years ago
I do not want a man historically associated with strong acts of racism represented anywhere on our campus.

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Erin Bridges
6 years ago
As a student at UNCA I am disturbed by the Board of Trustees' negligence and ignorance around this matter. With this building's name, UNCA honors a legacy of slavery and black oppression. The time is nigh for action. The board has for years discussed a need to "improve diversity" on our campus. Maybe instead of using symbolic language as a guise for action, the board should take a look at the reasons our school is unsafe and unwelcoming to so many. Removing the "Vance" name from the police station is a meaningful, proactive step toward change.

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Brittany Whichard
6 years ago
Because that flag is hate ... And we need to move on

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Paul Meserve
6 years ago
Vance was an unrepentant white supremacist. Stop honoring him.

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Sarah Haske
6 years ago
Lets move forward and recognize a figure of progression rather than hate. Black lives matter.

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Ann Ward
6 years ago
As a resident of Asheville, this is not what I want my city to reflect anywhere, let alone on our University grounds. It is time to move forward honestly about who this man was and what he stood for.

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eric schnatterly
6 years ago
I disapprove of the perpetuation of bigotizing culture at the premier liberal arts institution in the North Carolina system, my school.