State protects pro-BLM graffiti, erases anti-BLM graffiti - Vermont Daily

Last month, the State of Vermont told highway workers to not erase roadway graffiti that isn’t profane or grotesque, after pro-BLM Vermonters protested their graffiti had been erased in the town of Jamaica. On July 6, someone spray painted “BLM is Racist” on the road in Jamaica - and highway workers promptly removed it.

“According to the July 10 Telegraph, Londonderry Town Clerk and House member Kelly Pajala “praised VTrans’ quick action to remove the graffiti.” The Londonderry school board chair warned that “racist intimidation has no place in Londonderry.” The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines profane as “serving to debase or defile what is holy; irreverent, obscene, vulgar.” It defines grotesque as “a style of decorative art characterized by fanciful or fantastic human and animal forms often interwoven with foliage or similar figures that may distort the natural into absurdity, ugliness, or caricature.” It is not clear how “BLM is racist” fits either definition."


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  • Guy Page
    commented 2020-07-20 18:12:18 -0400
    Mark, I’ve heard many comments like yours. I agree with them. I think even the governor agrees with them, although for some reason he felt he needed to make an exception. More and more this feels like McCarthyism.
  • Mark Maloney
    commented 2020-07-18 06:16:24 -0400
    VTrans has really stepped in it with their clearly discriminatory policy. I predict lawsuits in the near future. They’d be better off to go back to their old policy and eliminate ALL of the graffiti. There are better and safer ways to make a point than painting on the roads.