Middlebury selectboard gets schooled on racism

MIDDLEBURY — The members of the Middlebury selectboard asked for a tutorial on white supremacy and the root causes of racism. And that’s just what they got on Oct. 13 — a thorough primer that left town officials moved and searching for more information in the quest for racial justice in Addison County’s shire town and beyond. The presentation, titled “Racism in Vermont,” was delivered by members of Middlebury IDEAL, which stands for “Invest, Divest, Educate, Abolish, Liberate.” The group is a collective of … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Color influences police response

We have written previously about the racist history of policing in our country and how police are doing exactly what they were created to do: protecting property over human lives. It might feel good to tell ourselves that Middlebury is different, but the … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Policing rooted in racism; Middlebury isn’t exempt

The history of the police may seem like it was a long time ago, and it is tempting to think that we should focus only on the present. However, the history of police is not only a relic. Even the star shape of the police badge, which originated from the fi … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Police racism is undeniable

When Chief Hanley stated, “I reject completely the notion that Middlebury PD engages in systemic racism and I’m not going to engage in a debate over it,” in a previous article (“‘Defund the police’ arrives in Middlebury,” 6/25/20), it further confirms tha … (read more)