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Talking About Race And Racism In Vermont

Annie Russell
When KKK fliers were left at the houses of two women in Burlington last year, a rally was held in response. We're talking about race and racism in Vermont witha panel of experts.

A spotlight has been put on discussions of race and racism in our country as headlines fill with news of more violence - killings of black men by police, and recently the killing of police officers themselves in Dallas and Baton Rouge. We're focusing in on the conversations we need to have about race here in our own state, and how we can move forward.

Erik Bleich is a professor of political science at Middlebury College and author of "The Freedom to be Racist? How the United States and Europe Struggle to Preserve Freedom and Combat Racism." Traci Griffith is chair of the media studies, journalism, and digital arts department at St. Michael's College. Sylvia Perry is a professor of psychology, formerly at UVM, she has just moved to Northwestern University in Illinois. She studies the psychology of racial bias. And Curtiss Reed, Jr. is the executive director of Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity.

The reading list recommended by Traci Griffith that was mentioned on the show can be found here. Another resource recommended by Traci Griffith can be found here.

Broadcast live on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.