There has been no proof of alleged “systemic racism” in Vermont. It is premised wholly on an ideology, and yet has already seeped into our schools, statutes and idiotic DEI committees. The creators of “diversity, equity and inclusion” have read woke books, but have not yet awakened to Thomas Sowell, or other academics who employ facts about racial issues.
These emperors-with-no-clothes DEI committees have sprung up around Vermont and have accomplished no demonstrable improvement in anything — because they are premised on falsehoods and slander.
In Putney, the DEI committee labeled me a racist with zero evidence, and one member openly contemplated banning all Republican Party political displays in the name of “anti-racism.” These laughable echo chambers have failed to do anything at all substantive, unless it is to seed racist conflict and resentment.
Living in Vermont has influenced my art in many dynamic ways. The homogeneity has increased my awareness of the need to speak up about white supremacy and to hold space more intentionally for a myriad of underheard voices and narratives. … The land itself being the original home to the Abenaki people has often spoken to me in profound ways and being in nature I feel there is so much to be gained from the spirit that existed here prior to colonization and is still here.
The colonization is still here, all right — by race-baiters who get paid to disparage Vermonters and their culture with disgusting falsehoods.
Vermont is a proud state that has endured poverty and has been left behind in the economic growth that most of the country has enjoyed. Its mostly white residents are the most tolerant in the nation. No one says there is no racism here, but “systemic racism” and “white privilege” have never been proven, but only asserted as conclusions.
As a result, it’s offensive when resolutions are created that incorporate language such as this:
WHEREAS, despite Vermont’s tradition of leadership in freedom and diversity, historically Vermont has been and still is one of the least racially and ethnically diverse states in the country.
WHEREAS, it is essential for all to know, Vermont seeks to achieve equality and equity and to create a culture in which racial, ethnic and other cultural disparities are openly acknowledged and addressed and where no one person is more likely to experience society’s benefits or burdens than any other person; and
WHEREAS, the State of Vermont has demonstrated leadership and has achieved notable and laudable success in addressing racial and other disparities through the work of the Director of Racial Equity and the Racial Equity Advisory Panel, as well as the Governor’s Racial Equity Task Force working to address systemic bias in our State systems and institutions.
What a crock of baloney! Why is it a crime to be majority white? Is Poland evil? Must Japan be forced to become more diverse? Only by the fundamental lies of social justice theory can this even be attempted.
But the great folly is within the resolution above: that Vermont seeks to “achieve equality and equity.” The two are mutually exclusive, yet presented here hand-in-hand. Nothing more clearly shows how failed this effort already is. As Thomas Sowell explains, “equity” is impossible to achieve and never has been achieved, and equity can only be sought at the expense of equality.
And so the progressives blame Vermonters for “whiteness,” and anyone who takes exception is labeled a “white supremacist.” Yet the opposite is the case; all of these race-baiters are the real racists.
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2022. All rights reserved.