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How To Support Vermonters Of Color: An Illustrated Guide

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Brave Little State teamed up with illustrator Emulsify to synthesize a recent episode into a shareable, seven-step guide.

How can a state that is 94% white do better? Brave Little State presents an illustrated guide, featuring insights from Vermonters of color.

Back in August of 2020, our people-powered journalism show took on this question, from listener Teo Spencer of Panton: "How can the state, both its government and its people, support Vermonters of color?"

You can access a transcript of the episode here. Now, we've teamed up with Brooklyn-based illustrator Emulsify to synthesize the episode's takeaways into a shareable, illustrated seven-step guide.

A cover image that says 'A People-Powered Guide To Supporting Vermonters Of Color' on the background of a landscape with a body of water and fall mountain side.
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The quote 'I really wish white Vermonters would stop pretending there's no racism in Vermont.' Image depicts instances of racism: a house with a Confederate flag outside and a white person touching a Black person's hair.
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Image contains quote from Nial Rele: 'Honest listening means not being defensive, but critically thinking about systems because we're talking about systemic issues that need systemic solutions.' Illustration of two people sitting on a porch talking.
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Quote by Xusana Davis: 'Learning is continual. It cannot happen all at once.' Illustration shows a teacher writing 'decolonize education' on a blackboard.
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Quote by Wenyu Xie: 'Most people tend to go with the easy trail, by choosing friends that are similar to them. In Vermont, that means white.' Image depicts a racially diverse group kayaking together.
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Quote from Travon Groves, 'Especially if you're white, you need to be having those uncomfortable conversations with your family and friends.'
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Quote by Ash Diggs: 'Be intentional about supporting...Black and minority-owned businesses in Vermont.' Image depicts a business grand opening event and the Black business owner is greeting new customers outside.
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Quote from Mayumi Cornell: 'We can't do and be everything to everybody. But in our life, there are places where we can make a change.' Image depicts a diverse group of friends smiling together.
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Closing image with instructions to learn more and listen at bravelittlestate.org. Reported by Brave Little State. Illustrated by Emulsify.
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Want to learn more? Listen to the full episode here.

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