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Vicki Garrison 
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Re: “Winooski Candidate Ebony Nyoni Has Competition — and Legal Trouble

Patrick Cashman, precisely NOT what I am saying, advocating, or would ever advocate, which is why it is so important that my words were said. Educating about the impact of our culture's unconscious bias (legacy of racism) is the purpose of my post. We do not exist in an equitable culture and people who view what they desire (or are able) to view through the lens of white privilege (as you did) benefit from being exposed to the truth of my comment. It might be helpful if you reread my comment. All my best to you. Please know I will not respond further, as I am reclaiming my time.

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Posted by Vicki Garrison on 02/25/2018 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Winooski Candidate Ebony Nyoni Has Competition — and Legal Trouble

I think Ebony Nyoni is a well intentioned activist who herself is hurting (and understandable so). She lives with racism and has astute awareness of the dynamics of racism in our community. As such, the urgency she acts with is authentic, valid, and contributes to her approach, which can be misunderstood and labeled as that which it is not intended to be, in part, due to her being a black woman. Black people do not engage in racial justice work because we desire to do so. We engage in racial justice work because it is a necessity. It is not enjoyable, quite the contrary.

With the above said, I am concerned about the media's misuse of power. As is clear in this article, three black people's personal and/or legal matters are exposed while a white candidate presents as not having personal or legal matters. This does not mean the white candidate does or doesn't have unsavory personal matters/characteristics or that she has or hasn't engaged in behavior that would warrant legal attention. It means that the media is an extension of a system of oppression that does harm to black and brown lives in a way that it doesn't do harm to white lives. It means that our court and media systems are impacted by a legacy of racism/unconscious bias, which is why people of color comprise less than 1% of the state's population and almost 11% of the state's prisons. Whether one desires to acknowledge this or not, it remains true.

Seven Days, you must do better for the sake of humanity. I'm sorry this story was printed. It serves no positive purpose.

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Posted by Vicki Garrison on 02/25/2018 at 3:37 AM

Re: “Burlington Activist Takes Aim at 'White Supremacist' Mural

As a 45-year-old native black Burlingtonian, the mural has always offended me and highlighted the fact I, black people, and people of color have NEVER been welcome here. In fact, I have a painful visceral reaction to the mural that does uphold white supremacy culture and erases the legacy and truth of people of color in VT. I do appreciate Miro Weinberger's response and hope the mural is expeditiously eradicated.

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Posted by Vicki Garrison on 10/11/2017 at 6:38 AM

Re: “The Internet Branded Her a Racist. Does It Matter That She’s Bipolar?

CLEARLY it appears the Wick family inappropriately used their privilege (engaged in racism) to reach out to news journals in an attempt to garner pity and support for Heather, a brightly photographed blond haired white woman. This is classic American racism. The focus of this article is ALL wrong. It should NOT be about Heather and SHOULD be about the impact of her racism on people of color and humanity, the prevalence of racism in VT and beyond, and resources to assist people on their individual journeys of awakening/enlightenment to establish movement towards overcoming deep-seeded unconscious bias and racism.

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Posted by Vicki Garrison on 01/21/2017 at 3:07 PM

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