FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from the Vermont Democratic Party Tuesday, June 2, 2020 CONTACT: RCDiMezzo@vtdemocrats.org
Statement from Vermont Democratic Party Chair
MONTPELIER, VT -- In response to recent events around the country, Chair of the Vermont Democratic Party, Terje Anderson, released the following statement:
Vermonters joined millions around the world reacting with horror, grief, anger and profound sadness to the murder last week of George Floyd under the knee of Minneapolis police. Sadly this was not an isolated event, but rather part of a long and sustained history of racist violence against African-Americans going back centuries and occurring far too regularly. The stain of racism on our national fabric is one that we cannot ignore or erase.
Unfortunately, at a time when the nation needs unity and healing, Donald Trump is seeking to inflame the situation with his incitements to violence, his threats of militarization of America’s streets, and his efforts to sow fear and racial division for political purposes. All responsible leaders, regardless of party, need to loudly denounce and reject his incendiary words, threats and actions.
Vermont is far from immune to systemic racism – in law enforcement, in education, in economics, in health care, and in day-to-day community life. We must be willing to collectively and individually face and challenge these painful realities. We can and must reject all forms of racism and hate to build a Vermont that can, finally, become safe, healthy and inclusive for all.