WNC Citizens for Equality is a volunteer coalition dedicated to defending constitutional rights to equal protection under the law. We seek to protect our citizenry from the harms of illegal racial discrimination and to preserve our society’s progress on racial equality.

Why is this kind of effort necessary?

Asheville’s city and Buncombe county governments (and others in WNC) are governed by a body of leaders with a demonstrated indifference to the crucial foundations of our governing roadmap – The U.S. Constitution. Increasingly, in one area more than any other – racial equality – the overreach and casual disregard for hard won progress has astounded some of us to the point of taking on the daunting task of challenging these missteps.

In North Carolina, no matter what you hear, there is no realistic or accountable oversight for local governments. They are free to do almost anything they wish without fear of consequence and to use taxpayer funds to do it. Then there is us – a small group of concerned local citizens incorporated to challenge these Goliath powers. 

We remain fascinated with the lack of judgment of our local governments (more on that later) and are grateful for a growing group of voices willing to hold their hand up and say,Enough, our nation and community have worked too long to overcome racial inequality for you to so arrogantly take publicly funded actions that serve to divide and segregate us once again.’

Simple justice requires that public funds, to which all taxpayers of all races [colors, and national origins] contribute, not be spent in any fashion which encourages, entrenches, subsidizes or results in racial [color or national origin] discrimination.

President John F Kennedy (1963)

Although our local governments seem determined to ignore this wisdom, we are here to stop them.