Race & Identity

Burlington Police are searching for suspects in the beating of a transgender man who was found unconscious near a homeless encampment on Sunday.

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A five-and-a-half year study of Vermont State Police has found disparities in traffic stops that officials say point to racial bias.

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The Vermont State Police, along with experts from Northeastern University, are presenting an analysis of data from five years worth of traffic stops.

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A decision by Dartmouth College to deny tenure to an Asian-American professor has brought national attention to the lack of diversity in higher education.

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition to overturn the decision.

Years ago in San Francisco, I knew a lot of people who were transgender, only we didn’t call it such back then.

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The debate over transgender rights and equity is now focused on schools with a federal guideline last week that directs school districts to uphold the rights of transgender kids.  Meanwhile, Vermont has its own set of best practices for schools to support transgender youth.

Questions about race and free speech are being debated at Dartmouth College after a student group posted signs on campus commemorating National Police Week with the slogan "Blue Lives Matter."

Within hours, the signs were torn down and replaced by Black Lives Matter signs.

Last week, Rutland Mayor Chris Louras announced about 100 refugees would be arriving in the city starting in October. The announcement came as a surprise to local lawmakers and residents, who up until that point had not been told anything about the plan.

Burlington police have charged a man with a hate crime after what they said was a racially motivated incident in the city’s North End.

Earlier this week Mayor Christopher Louras announced the city of Rutland will take in 100 Syrian refugees starting in October. Louras says he’s been working closely with state and federal refugee agencies to create Vermont’s first relocation community for Syrians.

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Officials in Rutland say the city will take in 100 Syrian refugees beginning in October. Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras said he’s been working closely with state and federal refugee agencies to create Vermont’s first relocation community for Syrians.

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There’s no shortage of anecdotal evidence of racial profiling by Vermont police, and in 2014, lawmakers decided they wanted to find out severe the problem really is. 

They approved legislation requiring every police agency in the state to collect traffic-stop data that included the driver’s race. But public records requests now reveal that two years after its passage, many departments aren’t complying with the statute.

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It's come up repeatedly in recent political debates: the idea of monitoring U.S. residents based solely on their religion.

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A new analysis by the University of Vermont and Cornell University faculty shows a pattern of racial disparities in the discretionary actions of Burlington police officers conducting traffic stops.

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For the nearly 1,500 migrant farmworkers in Vermont, there aren't many opportunities to share their experiences with each other. A project called "El Viaje Mas Caro" hopes to change that. 

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The Himalayan country of Tibet came under Chinese control in 1959. And since then, many Tibetans have lived outside their country.

Last weekend, tens of thousands of Tibetans throughout the world voted for their prime minister and parliament for their government in exile.

Out of those votes, 88 were cast in Burlington High School and on the ballot was a Vermonter running for Parliament.

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It’s been over 10 years since migrant workers began arriving on Vermont’s dairy farms. Most of the workers have been young men who work for a few years and then return home to Mexico. But there are a number of families of farmworkers here in Vermont, and some, especially those with U.S. born children would like to stay. 

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It’s been over ten years since migrant workers, mostly from Mexico, started making the long trip north to work on Vermont’s dairy farms. While many stay only a few years to earn money and then return home, some have decided to stay and make a life here in Vermont.

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William Julius Wilson’s academic writing on race has influenced everything from "The Wire" to speeches by former president Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama.

Since 1996 Wilson has worked as a sociology professor at Harvard University. This Wednesday, March 16, he’ll be speaking at St. Michael’s College at an event free and open to the public. 

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A super PAC created by a white supremacist group in southern California inundated Vermont households Wednesday evening with robocalls urging people to vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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