Many out-of-state counties with high concentrations of black residents are on the “restricted” list for visiting Vermont. Pandemic-inspired apartheid?
"Nevin says the state is also unfairly penalizing people based on where they live, independent of their individual risk of having the virus. “The bigger picture here is that Vermonters are at risk of becoming comfortable with the idea that we should judge people, and judge the risk that they pose, based on some characteristic of theirs that they have no control over,” he said. Place of residence is not a protected class in the United States, unlike race, sex or age. But in a country with a long history of systemic racism in housing and economic opportunities, identity can play a big role. According to VTDigger’s analysis of the cross-state travel data provided by ACCD, a white, non-Hispanic person who lives in one of the states on the travel map is three times more likely to be allowed to travel to Vermont than a Black person.."
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