This article by Cherise Madigan originally appeared Monday in the Bennington Banner.
MANCHESTER — While politically progressive states such as Vermont are often viewed as bastions of racial equality, MoveOn Manchester’s members say there is ample evidence that racism is a real issue in the state.
To address the issue, the organization will host a Community Forum on Race and Diversity in Southern Vermont, alongside the Rutland Area NAACP on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Organizers hope that the event, to be held at Burr and Burton Academy, will shed light on the minority experience in the Manchester area.
“Before I started my work with my MoveOn chapter’s Diversity Alliance, I could only assume that there might be some racism in our area,” said MoveOn Manchester’s founder, Jonathan Fine. “The specific instances of racism that I’ve heard about happening locally in the short time I’ve been involved with this group have truly alarmed me.”
“The event is going to focus on a dialogue between participants and panelists, sharing personal experiences with race and racism in schools,” said co-organizer Tabitha Pohl-Moore of the Rutland Area NAACP. “We’re including people of color who went to school in this region, with a particular focus on BBA and other Manchester schools.”
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