Asheville, North Carolina – The largest city in Western North Carolina and one of America’s top tourist destinations. The city of Asheville, North Carolina, has been making a lot of news lately. Recently recognized for passing a resolution to be the first city within the United States to provide reparations to its Black residents.
Saturday, White residents took to the streets to protest the treatment of minority residents. Chanting, “Black people used to live here,” “indigenous people used to live here,” and “fire, fire gentrifier” as they marched through the downtown streets.
Known as a tourist community with a majority White population. The city of Asheville, North Carolina, has seen its numbers within the minority community greatly decrease. According to Asheville’s Wikipedia page, “the racial composition of the city was: 77.95% White, 17.61% Black or African American, 3.76% Hispanic or Latino American, 0.92% Asian American, 0.35% Native American, 0.06% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 1.53% some other race, and 1.58% two or more races.
Currently, at approximately 18%, the Black population was a little larger during previous years before the destruction of public housing. The increase in standard living and low paying jobs has caused many Black residents to relocate.