This article by David LaChance originally appeared Oct. 7 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
BENNINGTON — Vermont’s status as the second whitest state in the union made it the target of a Saturday Night Live skit about a neo-Confederate group looking for a new home — a bit of comedy that’s drawn a more serious response from Gov. Phil Scott.
In the skit, “Jim,” one of the leaders of a group called the “League of the South,” played by SNL cast member Beck Bennett, argues that the time has come for the group to leave the South. “It’s been over a year since we neo-Confederates marched on Charlottesville, and things haven’t gotten better,” he says. “More foreigners coming in, more strangers who don’t respect our way of life. We’re losing our culture, and I will not sit quietly.”
“I have a plan, a grand vision,” he says. “If they’re going to keep coming here, then we’re going to go someplace else. Our own place. For our own people! No immigrants, no minorities, An agrarian community where everyone lives in harmony. Because every single person is white.”
A group member, played by episode host Adam Driver, raises his hand. “Yeah, I know that place. That sounds like Vermont,” he says, to laughter from the studio audience.
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