Vermont communities are speaking out against hate following a series of bias-motivated acts.
In Jeffersonville, a discovery on the side of Jen Bishop’s business has her telling her state it’s time to stop thinking that generally peaceful, open-minded Vermont is somehow immune from racism.
“That storyline needs to change,” Bishop told NECN and NBC10 Boston.
Stickers and posters from what Vermont State Police have labeled a nationally active white supremacist group recently popped up along Main Street in the village, including on Bishop’s building.
NECN and NBC10 Boston have chosen to not publish the group’s name and to blur its materials—to deny giving attention to a manifesto calling for a country that is homogenous in skin color and beliefs.
A rainbow flag logo at the United Church of Hinesburg was targeted with a sticker, too. That discovery came during LGBT Pride Month.
“This is the time to actually speak out against discrimination and not be fearful, but actually confront these injustices where they’re taking place and work to make things better,” said Rev. Jared Hamilton of the United Church of Hinesburg.
The Pride Center of Vermont said it is buoyed by the fact it knows it is on the right side of history—unlike whoever put up the stickers.
“We need to break down these systems that are constantly harming our communities,” said Justin Marsh of the Pride Center of Vermont.