Mill River to raise BLM, Pride flags, board ignores citizen petition - VT Digger

The school board for a small Rutland county school district is going ahead with plans to raise the BLM and Pride flags on the school flagpole, and won’t put the question to voters, despite a petition signed by about 500 of them to do so.

"Mainly, Peterson worries the board rushed the decision without seeking more public input. But his objections are not only related to process. He said he believes Black Lives Matter is an extreme and violent organization, and he’s concerned the flags will politicize the local education system. “As for the Pride flag, it’s just perverse,” he said at a June 25 Community Engagement Committee meeting on Zoom. “I’m sorry. I’m an old timer, maybe that’s language you don’t want to hear. We need to bring up our kids in a way that doesn’t subject them to this.” Eldert-Moore said the petition leads her to believe there’s more anti-racism work to be done within the community. “It’s not up to you to decide whether I matter enough,” Eldert-Moore said in response to the request for a vote. “It’s a statement. People are saying it’s political when it really should not be. It’s just common courtesy. It’s saying, hey, I exist, treat me like a human.”

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  • Rob Roper
    commented 2020-07-30 09:59:31 -0400
    This is ripping communities apart. It’s meant to be provocative, it’s meant to be political. It’s clearly not leading to any sort of healing or mutual understanding. If that’s truly what we want, and I hope it is, this is not the approach to take.