The racial justice aspect of the National Political Revolution has yet to make it to Vermont. It has had little to no impact on the debate and the platform here at home in Vermont. A report released this month by Ashley Nellis of the Sentencing project, placed Vermont at number one in the nation at a rate of 1 in 14 African American males in State Prison. The report of Dr Jack McDevett of Northestern University as well as the report of Stepahanie Seguino of UVM indicate that in the past five years the situation in Vermont has actually worsened concerning racial disparities in traffic stops and searches by State, Burlington, South Burlington, Winooski and UVM police.
Does the contrast that this and the narrative of Vermont’s progressive attitude of inclusiveness and equality present us with a paradox or does it reveal hypocrisy? Where is your voice on this?
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