I condemn, in no uncertain terms, the bigotry expressed by an independent candidate at the candidates’ forum on Sept. 10 on Springfield Public Access TV. The comments about the NAACP wanting black people to take “our jobs” fueled the worst fears of white people in difficult economic times. The NAACP has been a moderate and positive influence for civil rights in this country for many decades. It is not acceptable to pass off unfounded accusations about it.
In the face of the continued harassment of Kiah Morris by racist elements inside and outside of Vermont and the serious death threats issued against Christine Hallquist, it is essential that all people of conscience stand up against the bigots that have been making their presence known. Bigotry and racism must be countered. It cannot be defeated by ignoring it and pretending that it does not exist.
Liberty Union Party candidate for auditor of accounts