A Vermont high school board unanimously voted to fly a Black Lives Matter flag outside of Montpelier High for Black History Month, The Washington Times reports.
The school is doing so “in part, to educate the community on ‘White privilege,’ and the decision was made after the school’s Racial Justice Alliance spoke with member of the board earlier this month.
“Vermont has a long history of being at the forefront of civil rights movements,” a statement released by Montpelier Public Schools, The Burlington Free Press reported Wednesday. “Our state was the first to abolish slavery in its constitution, and the first to enroll and graduate a black student, who subsequently served in the state legislature. The School Board’s decision to fly a Black Lives Matter flag builds on that legacy.”
While the student group commended the vote, it stressed the need to do more to raise our predominantly white community’s collective consciousness to better recognize white privilege and implicit bias,” according to the news outlet.
Members of Racial Justice Alliance also rejected “any purported connections to violence or hate that may or may not have occurred under the Black Lives Matter flag.”