Vermont’s headlong rush to defeat “systemic racism” has encountered pushback, but Black Lives Matter advocates employ textbook “gaslighting” methodology against dissenters. Ironically, this is failing so utterly that these deluded slanderers have succeeded in deceiving themselves only.
Vermont led America in displaying BLM flags at schools. Following George Floyd’s death, the proliferation of Vermont BLM messaging became steroidal — schools, churches, hospitals, town offices, and public streets became speech platforms. But this is leftist speech only — any dissenting views have been systematically excluded.
In frustration, many Vermonters turned their ire on these vulgar racist messages — at night, when the government could not stifle their views. BLM graffiti on roads became “protected murals” while anti-BLM efforts were promptly criminalized and labeled as hate speech.
Is this “hate speech,” or the desperate pleas of an oppressed majority? Dismissing these cries of protest as “racist hate speech” works for “itching liberal ears.” But victimized citizens’ ears are opening: a very different sort of “woke.”
A Montpelier city councilor orchestrated the painting of a BLM message before the Vermont State House, which was immediately vandalized. The police had no indication that it was racially motivated, and ultimately ruled that there was no evidence thereof: “police said the messages appeared focused on government spending, and did not appear to reference the ‘Black Lives Matter’ community mural project nearby.”
But vitriolic Councilor Conor Casey promptly imputed guilt, saying, “If people think racism doesn’t exist in Vermont, this should shine a spotlight on it. Clearly, the people who did this are despicable cowards who came here and did it in the middle of the night.”
Early this morning, in an effort to fuel hate and division, the Black Lives Matter painting in front of the State House was vandalized. This painting serves as an important reminder to make equity a priority and use this movement to drive real action and long-overdue change. This act of vandalism only reinforces that we’re not immune to racism, divisiveness and hate in Vermont. We must redouble our efforts to dismantle systemic racism and bigotry, and stay united as Vermonters.
This pattern was repeated in other towns. As WCAX reported:
Vermont State Police Capt. Garry Scott says although the art on the roads is technically vandalism, given the current racially charged climate in the country, they represent a driving force to create change.
‘These conversations need to be had, and when someone defaces property like that, it can traumatize communities in ways as a white society we have never recognized. So, it’s important we at least have the conversations and when someone is doing that, come to the table and then address what that means and how that can really hurt people in ways we never thought of,’ Scott said.
It is not a “conversation” when only one side is permitted a voice, and opposing voices are silenced with character attacks — no Vermonter dares say anything against the Holy BLM Grail in broad daylight. These late-night attacks are more akin to a French Underground movement, and there is no proof of racist animus. But that doesn’t hinder Phil Scott.
This is “gaslighting,” which psychotherapist Stephanie Moulton Sarkis defines as “a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. … Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting, and it is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders.”
Such leaders employ the gaslighter’s tools: “tell blatant lies,” “attack the foundation of your being,” and project on to others. They call Vermont racist while enacting laws that distribute COVID funds and other state resources based on race — and seek to create a BIPOC bank in white Vermont. They are racists, projecting their hate onto resistant Vermont victims.
Douglas Murray warns this “crowd madness” must be thwarted:
If we fail, then the direction of travel is already clear. We face not just a future of ever-greater atomization, rage and violence, but a future in which the possibility of a backlash against all rights advances — including the good ones — grows more likely. A future in which racism is responded to with racism, denigration based on gender is responded to with denigration based on gender. At some stage of humiliation there is simply no reason for majority groups not to play games back that have worked so well on themselves. (The Madness of Crowds, p. 9.)
BLM/Antifa racism is causing justifiable backlash. The horrible threat is that BIPOC Vermonters will be targeted in reactionary hate; this angst should instead be directed at the lying ideologues who are fanning flames of racial division to increase political power.
Mislabeling Vermonters’ complaints as proof of racism is a double insult, but also a gift — it reveals the utter elitist disconnect of so many in government. Vermont’s race-baiting agitators are gaslighting themselves, repeating the same stupid mantra, returning again and again to the same vomit.
That’s getting sticky for them.
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield, and the former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Westfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2021. All rights reserved.