Working as a criminal defense and family law attorney taught me that one can always tell who the abuser is in a relationship — it is the one who does the attacking and abusing.
I am reminded by this when I see the seething onslaught of unjustified hatred against Vermonters by so-called social justice warriors, a colonizing band of carpetbagging race-baiters here to seize Vermonters’ land and property for themselves.
A 1972 Playboy article famously advocated for far-left radicals to create a new socialist society in Vermont, based on the ideas of two ‘firebrand’ law students: “What we advocate is the migration of large numbers of people to a single state for the express purpose of effecting the peaceful political take-over of that state through the elective process.”
At the time, Vermonters’ complaints of colonization by urban flatlanders who didn’t know how to plant a bean were roundly dismissed as abject nativism:
In the face of mounting concern around the state, Republican Governor Deane Davis, a local insurance executive, urged Vermont residents (then only 440,000 in number) to remain calm. In an official press release, Davis noted that “the bulk of young transients” involved in this “so-called ‘Hippie influx’ go about their business in a self-sufficient, peaceful manner, although their habits and appearance may not be to our taste.” … Few observers — even those adopting such a “live-and-let-live” stance — anticipated that these “transients” might have a lasting political impact.
It is evident that these far-left forces, joined by native-born Vermonters now swayed to hate their birthplace, have succeeded in colonizing and stealing Vermont, exactly as they stated they would, and much like colonial white settlers who allegedly seized lands from native Abenaki:
Vermont has, since the 1960s, evolved from the home of rock-ribbed Yankee conservatism to the home of Ben & Jerry’s, self-described socialist U.S. Congressman Bernie Sanders, and Howard Dean. This transformation has even inspired a Take Back Vermont counterrevolutionary back-lash. The hippies and the crunchies and the liberals targeted Vermont.
The truth is that the Abenaki Indians were themselves settlers (immigrants) in Vermont, and persecuted largely by the French — long before most of its white settlers cleared trees for farms to create the state of Vermont, which immediately banned slavery. According to scholars:
Knowing specifically what happened in Vermont during the 1600s and first half of the 1700s is impossible — the Indians who lived here had no written language and Europeans, who might have chronicled events, were rarely on the scene. Plagues brought by Europeans struck northeastern North America as early as 1535. Before that time, researchers estimate that the native population of New England numbered more than 90,000. Among those 90,000 Native Americans were roughly 10,000 Abenaki living in what is today Vermont and New Hampshire. Those Abenaki included an estimated 4,200 living in the Champlain Valley, and another 3,800 living in the upper Connecticut River Valley, according to the estimates of Dean Snow, an archaeologist at Penn State University.
Since there is no real history, Vermont’s modern colonizers have cast their own version on the state to denigrate and subjugate poor white Vermont farmers. The vast majority of Vermont’s settlers arrived after 1800, 265 years after experts suggest there may have been as many as 4,200 Abenaki in the Champlain Valley and 3,800 in the upper Connecticut River Valley.
As historian James E. McWilliams notes:
New England settlers hunted game when the beef and pork supplies ran low.They kept a few chickens, churned their own butter, pressed their own cheese. And they did it all with family labor. Rather than rely on slaves or indentured servants, sons helped fathers out at sea and in the field while daughters assisted mothers in the garden and around the hearth. These arrangements and pursuits did not generate tremendous wealth, but rarely (if ever) did New Englanders have to look beyond their own borders for food…. Rather than purchasing the expensive labor to grow a staple crop, New England achieved the remarkable accomplishment of feeding itself by itself. (A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America, pp. 10-11).
Most Vermonters know this history of self-sufficiency as their only cultural and economic past. But the modern carpetbagger Progressives seek to completely re-write these historical facts: one statute states that Vermont employed Jim Crow and sharecropper laws to exclude blacks from farms — that never happened. Another says Vermont passed an anti-prostitution law due to racial prejudice — a fictitious concoction written into a statute by so-called lawmakers using laws to re-write history. And efforts to defend Vermont’s abolitionist past are stifled as “denying white supremacy.”
Now Vermonters are told (by people somehow “privileged” to invoke Abenaki suffering as their modern-day sword) that they don’t own their own land, that it is “unceded” by Abenakis gone for 550 years. In its public condemnation of eugenics, the Vermont Legislature displays grotesque irony — Vermonters are condemned for killing Abenakis whom their ancestors likely never knew; and for spreading diseases (unintentionally) that also wiped out up to 90% of white settlers. But the only real thing to apologize for in modernity is the eugenics movement, and that was brought to Vermont by the exact same elitist, progressive, “academic” scoundrels who are now inflicting critical race theory upon Vermonters and labeling all Vermonters as white supremacists. The eugenicists condemn their own ideological past, using it to inflict a new eugenics racism on today’s Vermonters!
Yes, this really is that vile, and more and more Vermonters who understand history and hateful elitist ideologies see it plainly. Martin Luther King is no longer welcome in Vermont. New racists have arrived with their cultish carpet bags, to condemn and indoctrinate all (non-liberal?) white people — not for the sins of the left-wing eugenics movement of 1920, but for those of French settlers in 1520. How is that working out?
The ongoing corrupt colonization of Vermont by elitist racists who lie about Vermont’s history to subjugate innocent citizens must be challenged with facts. It is time Vermonters stood up to this minority of hateful liars inflicting a new generation of wrongs on in the name of long-past grievances to which these people hold no claim.
One can always tell who the abuser is in any relationship — they are the one who acts disparagingly, controllingly, and abusively towards their victim. This is exactly what the carpetbagging ideological colonizers of Vermont have exhibited for years now — Vermonters are racist, stupid, hateful, backwards, and worst of all white. There are no groups of Vermonters publicly attacking people of color, only groups of zealots attacking whites with prideful impunity. Vermont has never been “systemically” racist — until now.
These race-baiting abusers must be held to account for their lies.
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2022. All rights reserved.