Steffen Gillom

Commentator

Steffen Gillom is a practitioner of Conflict Resolution, an activist, an educator and an AmeriCorps VISTA service alum. Most recently, the bulk of his activism work is through the NAACP, where he currently serves as the Chair of the organizing Committee for the Windham County, Vermont, area.

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I’ve been wondering if we may be promoting a stereotype that no longer reflects the reality of a contemporary, inclusive Vermont – even perhaps contributing to some of the racism we’ve seen lately, like the public attacks on Bennington Representative Kiah Morris and her family, or the incident at a Stowe youth camp where racist remarks left children shaken and afraid.

While scrolling down my Facebook timeline over the long weekend, I noticed statuses, such as “Memorial Day was not made for us” and “this holiday is not really about us” by my friends of color.

I recently happened upon a statement by a top Fox News exec that went something like this: In Olympics, let's focus on the winner of the race and not the race of the winner.

Meghan Markle at a public event Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018. Commentator Steffen Gillom suggests Markle's engagement offers an opportunity to consider "a fundamental question about race and language."
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As media outlets follow the engagement of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry – they’re choosing to focus large amounts of attention on her ‘exotic’ biracial identity.