From the chair – Per our Party Platform, supporting the right to hold conservative values; freedom of speech; and engagement with our nation’s traditional Judaeo-Christian heritage remain Republican priorities. And so, in the face of on-going complaints that Asheville’s School System is institutionally supporting bias against these rights and priorities, we’ve felt compelled to raise the question with city school administrators.  We wanted to share that communication with you…

March 13, 2018

From:   Carl Mumpower, Chair, BCGOP

To:       Denise Patterson, Ed.D, – Asheville City School Superintendent

Subj:    Discrimination in city school system

Dear Dr. Patterson:

Over the past year, we have been prompted with a number of complaints regarding discrimination toward city students operating from a traditional, conservative and/or Christian value system. The majority of these exposures track to Asheville High and the SILSA program.

Some of the specifics include personal ridicule, mockery, shaming, exposure to liberal teacher bias and presentations on subject matter of a sexual or otherwise personal and uncomfortable nature. Persistently, the students/parents voiced a fear of raising concerns to authorities.

Asheville High’s recent support for student engagement/leadership in the women’s march; tomorrow’s anti-gun rally; an art assembly involving mandatory participation in a lecture on transgenderism; and a subsequent forced viewership of a pro-LBGTQ agenda video has prompted us to reach out to you directly. In each of these cases, the agenda demonstrates a dominating liberal political agenda highlighting complaints that Asheville High is not a safe place for students with differing views. We find the statement, “SILSA has a thing for liberal pep rallies.” to offer pause for reflection.

It seems that in the absence of other voices concerned with issues of balance and fairness, it has fallen on us to raise these flags. In support of such, we would point to the Asheville City School System’s Governing Policies, Mission Statement and respective Belief Statements and Definitions:

  • “The mission of Asheville City Schools is to provide quality education in which we respect students’ individual and cultural differences, develop their talents in partnership with family and community, and ensure that they possess the life skills necessary for personal success and civic responsibility.”
  • “Awareness and knowledge of diversity promotes respect for cultural and individual differences, while valuing the contributions of all. A multicultural educational staff better prepares students to live in a culturally diverse world.”
  • “The board acknowledges the dignity and worth of all students and employees and strives to create a safe, orderly, caring and inviting school environment to facilitate student learning and achievement. The board will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination, harassment or bullying in any of its educational or employment activities.”
  • “Discrimination means any act or failure to act that unreasonably and unfavorably differentiates treatment of others based solely on their membership in a socially distinct group or category, such as race, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, religion, age or disability. Discrimination may be intentional or unintentional.”

In addition to the personal testimonies of students and parents, we believe our conclusion of liberal institutional bias and tolerated discrimination by the Asheville City School system is affirmed by the absence of essentially any on-campus conservative oriented activities.

With these concerns in mind, we wanted to reach out to your personally with a few suggestions/requests:

  • I would appreciate an opportunity to meet with you and/or your staff to share our concerns in detail and explore potential positive solutions.
  • We would appreciate your help in identifying a safe process for students and/or parents to address their concerns about bias or abuse without fear of being stigmatized, penalized or otherwise mistreated by the administration, teachers or students within the system.
  • We would like to explore opportunities for expanding the opportunities for conservative-minded students at Asheville High to cultivate, express and otherwise explore their value system within the parameters of the school’s stated mission and guidelines.
  • As an example of a potential positive process, we have arranged for the UNC-A College Republican’s Club to serve as potential mentors for conservative minded students at Asheville High and would appreciate your help in creating a safe and functional bridge to help actualize that support system.

Thank you for your consideration and patience with our inquiry. In the absence of another organized or empowered body with the wherewithal/motivation to raise the issues, it seems to have fallen on us. Should another entity or organized group step forward, it will be our pleasure to defer.


Carl Mumpower, Chair



Oh yes, and one other note – this problem is equally pervasive in the Buncombe County School System. Please let us know if you would like to help. With such in mind, here’s a video from former BCGOP Chair Chad Nesbitt that lays out the boarder concerns with liberal bias in our schools –

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