LG candidate chastises influential Senate chair for racial ‘tokenism’ - VT Digger

Senator Deb Ingram (D-Chittenden), who is running for lieutenant governor, said Judiciary Chair Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington) appearing to rely on input for race-related legislation from just one, young African-American intern “smacks of tokenism.” Justified criticism or strategic shaming?  

Sears apologized to Ingram, and said he had not intended to insinuate he or the committee would be strictly relying on Nash or using his expertise in lieu of hearing from other people of color in the state. “Debbie, that’s not what I meant and I’m sorry if it was offensive to you and if you took it that way,” Sears said. “I don’t know what to say, we’re going to hear from as many people as I can possibly hear from.” Ingram, who is running for lieutenant governor in 2020, said she hoped Sears would take up — or at least look at — legislation she had introduced this biennium: S.119, which would mandate training on appropriate use of force by law enforcement, and S.262, proposing expanded requirements for the collection of roadside policing data.."

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