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Black Comfort In Vermont, Continued: 'It Looks Very Different If You Have Black Boys'

A collage showing parents with their children.
Shown here: (Left) Traci Griffith with her 15-year-old son Jaden. (Right) Deshawn Thomas with his wife, children and grandson.

"I have Black children, and wonder if they would be made to feel uncomfortable if we moved to Vermont?" That's one of the latest winning questions from listeners of Brave Little State.

This hour, we listen back to the Brave Little State episode Black Comfort, Or Lack Thereof, In Vermont.

After the episode was originally posted, a listener shared feedback, saying "Love the story, but I think the comfort level is very different if you have Black boys."

Later in the special, we hear from this listener, as well as a Vermonter who not only has Black sons and is a Black son, but also has a Black grandson.

Our guests are:

  • Traci Griffith, resident of Williston, media studies professor and 20-year resident of Vermont
  • Deshawn Thomas, co-owner of Queen City Yoga & Fitness and father and grandfather in Vermont

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or tweet us @vermontedition.

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Myra Flynn joined VPR as an engagement producer in March 2021. Raised in Vermont, Myra Flynn is an accomplished musician who has come to know the lay of dirt-road land that much more intimately through touring both well-known and obscure stages all around the state and beyond. She also has experience as a teaching artist and wore many hats at the Burlington Free Press, including features reporter and correspondent, before her pursuits took her deep into the arts world. Prior to joining VPR, Myra spent eight years in the Los Angeles music industry.
Emily is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri. She graduated with a Bachelors of Journalism, and spent her time at Mizzou working at Columbia's NPR affiliate, KBIA, and interned at the Kansas City NPR affiliate KCUR. Emily was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and loves to find new music, movies and support the local arts.