The working group, charged with suggesting changes to make classrooms more inclusive, met for the first time this week.
Social justice advocates say many residents think they’re already enlightened while others don’t want to hear they’re part of the problem.
A group of eighth-graders sees the flag raising as a way of protesting racial discrimination at the school.
Student activists around the state are leading conversations about racism — whether or not their communities are ready to talk about it.
The action came after rejecting a Progressive-backed effort for more immediate action and more far-reaching departmental changes.
The school’s principal, T. Elijah Hawkes, said that when students and teachers came to him with the idea for the conference, he simply ‘got out of the way.’
A school board member tried to rescind a previous vote of approval for the flag, just three days before it was scheduled to fly.
The first bill signed into law this session creates a working group to study how to make Vermont’s schools more inclusive.
Students, who said they are racially targeted every day, cried and hugged as a crowd of about 100 people continued to applaud behind them.
The flag — a symbol for racial equality and the fight against bias — was hoisted after a petition received more than 400 student signatures.
The raising of the flag was part of Windham Southeast Supervisory Union’s Diversity Day curriculum.
‘Everyone agreed that it was appropriate to fly at the schools,’ said Ricky Davidson, chairman of the BUHS #6 School Board.
From the administration, to the police, to the provocateurs, to the students themselves — they all blew it.
News Release — Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington March 5, 2018 Contact: Rev. Mara Dowdall, Senior Minister Phone: 802-862-5630 (office) Email: [email protected] Website: www.uusociety.org BURLINGTON, Vermont – On Sunday March 4, the First Unitarian Universalist (UU) Society of Burlington raised a Black Lives Matter banner in front of its historic meeting house at the top […]