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Ben Luna 
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Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

Perhaps Suresh Garimella, if appointed UVM President, will succeed where others have failed in facilitating, meaningful "teachable moments" surrounding race issues versus reverse intolerance and ignorant student protest, i.e., students blocking Main St., stopping emergency vehicles, shouting UVM president is a "punk." Recent prosecution of a student over a racial issue was a missed opportunity to learn, heal, understand and grow. Note, every effort was made to encourage UVM to approach that matter as a learning opportunity, and officials were warned it would not end well in court. Officials bowed to student pressure and NOTHING was gained. After one court hearing I attempted to meaningfully engage students in dialogue. They hissed at me, slapping down an opportunity to learn anything about the process unfolding. This was the lowest point of handling that case - closed minds blinded by their own thirst for blood. Changing names of libraries, hanging alumni for their past racial transgressions, unfounded prosecutions, and reckless protests are not the answer. Unless and until people come together to listen quickly, speak slowly, learn jointly, the dream of diversity will remain an illusion.

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Posted by Ben Luna on 02/11/2019 at 12:12 PM

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