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But now raising her own children in Rutland County, she's living in an area that's even more Caucasian — That's why, after watching Chittenden County charter the state's first chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People last year, Pohl-Moore wants to organize the second in Rutland.Ask Steve: That's Why You Ain't Got No Man!
The year-old educator has read headlines reporting allegations of racism in the Rutland City Police Department and community division over a plan to host an estimated Syrian refugees. Such news, however, isn't what spurred her to want to develop "a structured organization devoted to issues of ethnic and racial equity.
Pohl-Moore's Green Mountain roots go back seven generations. But many people have viewed her coffee-with-cream complexion as different since kindergarten, when classmates curiously would touch her face and hair.
Her native state prides itself on being the first to outlaw slavery and recognize same-sex unions. But she points to human rights obstacles to overcome, be it headline-making shootings by police nationwide or local questions about discrimination involving jobs and housing. She hopes it will be a place for Rutland residents to learn about problems and collaborate on solutions.
Vermont was the first state to outlaw slavery, inand to enroll and graduate a black college student, Alexander Twilight, in He went on to become the first African-American elected as a legislator, in We need to find all our allies and get everyone on board to address the issues happening in our community. Kevin O'Connor is a Brattleboro-based writer. He can be contacted at kevinoconnorvt gmail.
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