Vermont's governor calls his own state's people irredeemably racist | 7/10/2019 | Staff
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Vermont's culture is one of dairy farming, verdant mountain scenery, maple syrup, and small-town hospitality. Both the governor and the gubernatorial hopeful who may oppose him next year openly characterize Vermonters' culture as innately racist. Scott praised Donovan's Report declaring Vermont a "White Supremacy Culture" and proudly signed a law March 29 that will create a school curriculum designed to "change the underlying culture of our state."

Like all states, Vermont has racists. But slavery was never legal in Vermont, being banned in the first state constitution in America. The first (and only pre–Civil War) black elected to a state Legislature (in 1836) was Vermont's Alexander Twilight, who was also the first black college graduate in America (Middlebury College).

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When statistics other than arrests and incarceration are considered, Vermont remains distinct for its egalitarian, "live-and-let-live" culture. It has the smallest income disparity in the country between blacks and whites, and a higher percentage of black residents hold college degrees than whites. As one of the most tolerant states toward redefining marriage, it is incongruous to suggest that this flaming progressive haven for decrepit hippies is some sort of newly discovered Confederate state. Vermont nearly elected a transgender governor and overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama in two elections (67.46% in 2008; 66.57% in 2012 — only Hawaii and D.C. voted in higher support).

The actual cause of disproportionate arrest and incarceration rates in Vermont is likely the swelling drug trade, in which cartels move cheap Mexican White heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine throughout New England. There is less competition (and prices are higher) in Vermont's high-demand towns than in the cities where the dealers travel from — Springfield and Boston in Massachusetts; Hartford and Willimantic, Connecticut (the heroin capital of the East Coast); New York City; Newark, N.J. Inner-city gang violence and murder rates...
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