Vt. city announces plan to tackle racism
Burlington has joined a coalition of U.S. cities fighting discrimination
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What does that it Vermont says it wants to tackle racism and discrimination head -- Burlington said today it is joining a national coalition to focus on this issue. Our Jack Thurston has more. Certainly we're becoming an essentially superlative more like the rest of the country mayor -- Weinberger is talking about the changing face of Burlington Vermont in this state that has long been known as one of the most racially homogeneous in the nation. Diversity in Burlington. Has jumped in recent decades. Why broker says nearly 30% of the kids in the city schools are out children of color or think that's wonderful thing pressing -- Rich's best and so many ways Thursday he announced Burlington is joining a coalition of cities against racism and discrimination. It coincides with the fifty year anniversary of the bombing of the predominantly black sixteenth street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama. Where Ku Klux Klan members planted dynamite that killed four young girls one of the many violent chapter -- half. African American struggles for civil rights in the 1960s. -- Fast forward to last year when even peaceful Burlington -- with race issues as high schoolers Stanley's move to Vermont from Africa brass. Since they were being treated the same way the public schools as the white peers. The district responded with a series of -- initiatives to ensure school was more welcoming and effective for. All students brought to school district realized it could no longer simply ignore. And occasionally reacts. To new faces to new colors and cultures. Initial -- Burlington new membership in the coalition of cities against racism and discrimination means a ten point action plan. Including working to reduce poverty -- minority communities and shoring city policies promote inclusion. Roy hill thinks it'll help build some people in Vermont. Yeah who just have not had to exposure so that make -- honest. You missed -- -- having ongoing conversations about race will help Burlington live up to Vermont's state motto. -- And unity. -- Burlington Vermont Jack first -- BC.