By John Klar
Vermont leads the nation in maple syrup, transgenderism and black supremacy. By this is not meant some Malcolm X militancy or reverse-Nazi primacy. In fact, Vermont’s progressives are demonstrating that black supremacy does not require black people at all, for in the new lexicon of identity politics, victimhood is a collective card to be played by one victim-wielding partisan phalanx — the Democrats — against anyone white, traditional, hetero or male. Gays invoke racism as part of their clarion cry. Black Lives Matter speaks out for gays, transgenders and women, including abortion.
In Vermont, progressive white strategists have scrounged up a handful of black citizens (mostly recent urban imports) to wield as battering rams against the native population. Politicians — especially Attorney General TJ Donovan — have labeled Vermont’s culture racist. A Commission very visibly stacked with progressive and “social justice” ideologues has crafted policy without any representation by native Vermonters, which will re-write Vermont’s textbooks to incorporate “historical contributions” of “ethnic groups” but also “intersex, asexual or nonbinary” individuals. Vermont’s schools (despite a paucity of “students of color”) have been politicized with displays of the Black Lives Matter flag. And now the governor has appointed non-Vermonter Xusana Davis as the latest import to straighten out Vermont.
Gov. Phil Scott signaled his zeal for this issue after the Charlottesville protests, quickly creating a video broadcasting his personal miscomprehension of basic free speech law. His complaint was that President Donald Trump had dared to state that “there were good people on both sides,” which in our governor’s very strident invective was intolerable because it “equated” both sides. Yet, the right-wing protesters at Charlottesville possessed a court-ordered right to protest, and Nazis and KKK members have a Constitutional right to free speech, affirmed directly by the U.S. Supreme Court in Skokie and also Brandenburg v Ohio. Gov. Scott says such people should not be permitted to speak, and implies that they are not good people, demonizing them for exercising their constitutional freedoms.
The sage Scott chimed in again recently in the national furor over Trump’s tweets, proclaiming that “hate speech and racism are unacceptable.” Free speech and stare decisis must yield to the unilateral, subjective demands of the mind-controlling moral elite.
Oddly, these ideas converge with those of the Satanic Temple, which advocates for abortion and “self-actualization,” asserting that “the struggle for justice … should prevail over laws and institutions.” This fill-in-the-blank cry of anarchy is woven into Phil Scott’s proclamations against Donald Trump, in his defiance of immigration law, and now in his attack on Vermont culture as racist. Justice must be done in Vermont for black people, even if there are almost no black people there, and even if there is no clear evidence that anything unjust is being done.
Defenseless natives are accused of being too white in demographic composition, requiring diversity to cure them of their white privilege. To object is to be labeled racist, and guilty of exhibiting one’s white fragility. The AG’s Commission determined that Vermont is a “White Supremacy culture”:
In Vermont, the second whitest state in the United States, it is fair to say that all of the power structures in the state are in the hands of White people. Many of the comments from stakeholders were focused on the need to have better representation of POC in prominent positions within systems of government, on boards and commissions, in businesses and in schools as well as the need for White people to understand implicit/unconscious bias, White Privilege, White Fragility and how these contribute to maintenance of the all-White systems we currently have.
“Stakeholders” have decided that a white state — being too white — is therefore white privileged and must be darkened. How can a backwoods Vermonter who hardly ever met a “person of color” defend themself against such confusion?
Of course, they are not supposed to be able to defend themselves — that is the mighty allure of the race-card as sword. This distorted assault is visible to Vermont’s police, who are commissioned to combat a drug war wherein fentanyl and heroin are being distributed up the East Coast and into Vermont’s verdant hills. The police have been sharply criticized by Vermont progressives as racists for arresting “people of color” at higher rates than whites. Attorney General Donovan has also criticized the courts and attorneys for disproportionate incarceration rates for blacks over whites. But if blacks are transporting drugs at higher rates than whites, the police should be arresting and incarcerating more blacks than whites.
Amanda Garces, who “spearheaded” the re-education bill, said the legislation would help students get an education that better reflected their history and heritage: “We are creating a world where people don’t say ‘I don’t see color,’ but rather say ‘I embrace all of who you are.’” But how can police “embrace all of a person” without seeing their skin color?
It is easily recognized, this iconic “we must not be colorblind” business — painted on the side of a Vermont barn, in swine scrawl: “All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.” (George Orwell, Animal Farm)
Socialism has arrived in Vermont’s revolutionary “Animal Farm,” where anything traditional must be cast off in the zealous struggle to craft a new Shangri-La. Laws and institutions must be torn down, especially constitutional laws that grant rights to anyone this self-empowered mob targets — or, more accurately, those laws don’t apply for “bad people.” This is not Mammas and the Poppas 1960s counter-culturalism: this is contra-culturalism, bent on “dismantling the master’s house.”
These people care nothing about suffering border children, except that suffering border children provide them with power. They don’t care about transgender people — they just crave the adrenaline rush when they get to vent their hatred against those they unilaterally declare transphobic. And they don’t care whether black people are actually being victimized in Vermont, or even whether latino gangs are bringing narcotics up to kill Vermont’s children, so long as they are vaunted as the rescuing new elite.
The parallels to socialism are indeed apparent, but as Professor Ryszard Legutko (the speaker recently prevented from speaking at Vermont’s Middlebury College) explains in his masterful work “The Demon in Democracy,” this pseudo-utopian “liberal democracy” is a much greater threat. Most soviet citizens didn’t actually embrace soviet rhetoric, Legutko argues — but post-modern secularists have gluttonously gulped down the Kool-aid of their self-righteous fury:
[It is not] true that the so-called politics of emancipation, recognition, and empowerment of groups is permeated by the spirit of ‘dialogue,’ ‘debate,’ and ‘mutual respect.’ … Today’s ‘dialogue’ politics are a pure form of the right-is-might politics, cleverly concealed by the ostentatiously vacuous rhetoric of all-inclusiveness. … Everywhere there are women, homosexuals, Muslims, gypsies, blacks and representatives of other groups whom liberal democracy gave the status of political quasi-parties and upon whom it thrust the duty of settling scores with the alleged oppressors. … Literature, art, education, family, liturgy, the Bible, traditions, ideas, entertainment, children’s toys — all can be deemed conducive to cooperation or strengthening intolerance, discrimination, and domination. (at pp. 98-99)
Just as the Russian communists tore down churches, so did Orwell’s Big Brother rewrite history, remove statues and rename streets in “1984.” Vermont is changing a mural in Burlington to incorporate historic black contributions (despite the absence at the time of almost any blacks in Vermont), and has changed the name of a high school football team. Gov. Scott also eliminated “Columbus Day” for Vermonters, replacing it with the “counter-celebration” “Indigenous People’s Day.”
Legutko, like Orwell, warned that the demonic socialist chaos which grips sufferers of Trump Derangement Syndrome is not a passing fad, but a plague-like contagion that rabidly hunts to dismantle and avenge. Vermont’s novel school curriculum, and its denial that fentanyl is transported disproportionately by non-whites, are just two examples of the anarchic destruction wrought by progressives who inflame prejudices to blindly gain power.
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield, and pastor of the First Congregational Church of Westfield.