Public School District To Start Flying Black Lives Matter Flag

A Vermont school district's plan to fly the Black Lives Matter flag has caused a massive controversy in the community.

​Montpelier, VT – A Vermont public school district that announced it will fly a Black Lives Matter flag in front of its high school in February for Black History Month has found itself the center of a nasty controversy.

The school district said it made the decision based on a proposal from the student-led Racial Justice Alliance. The group appeared before the school board Jan. 17 to pitch the idea, according to the Burlington Free Press.

The Times Argus reported that “Montpelier High School has been swept up in a media frenzy including hate speech and threatening messages” since the announcement.

Superintendent Brian Ricca released a statement asking critics to offer “constructive and peaceful dialogue, in the hopes of deepening our shared understanding of race and privilege in our education system and broader community,” The Washington Times reported.

“We have received a number of phone messages, voicemails and email,” Ricca told the Times Argus. “I have responded to the ones that seemed even reasonably open to conversation. I have not responded to any that are threatening in any manner. Any that I’ve had concerns about, as has Principal McRaith, have been sent to our [police] school resource officer.”

The school district put out a separate statement touting the decision.

"Vermont has a long history of being at the forefront of civil rights movements," the school district said in the news release. "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."

The school district seems unaware that Black Lives Matter is not a civil rights movement.

Most people have their own personal beliefs about what Black Lives Matter means to them. They think that their personal definition for Black Lives Matter is what the organized BLM groups stand for; this is not the case.

Black Lives Matter is made up of political organizations with political goals that most people would disagree with, including disrupting the “nuclear family” structure (see Black Villages), taxpayer-funded reparations for black people (see Reparations), and the elimination of charter schools (see Invest-Divest.) If you are unfamiliar with the Movement 4 Black Lives website we linked to, that’s the coalition of over 50 Black Lives Matter organizations which is receiving $100 million in donations to push their political goals. This is the political message that the school district is promoting when they allow “Black Lives Matter” messaging.

The students who pushed the initiative said the Black Lives Matters flag was just a part of a system of changes they were hoping to implement throughout the school district. Those changes would include the school’s curriculum.

"And yet, we need to do more to raise our predominantly white community's collective consciousness to better recognize white privilege and implicit bias," the group said in a statement, according to the Burlington Free Press.

The superintendent told the Times Argus that he’s concerned about the outrage being expressed over the decision by many members of the community. He said the school board had asked him to compile the comments for review at their next meeting.

“My first and most important job as an educator, whether I’m a classroom teacher, department head, building principal or a superintendent, is to keep the students, faculty and staff safe,” Ricca said. “We are seeking to engage in this is in a thoughtful way; we’re encouraging dialogue. There are those that are not going to approach it in the same manner that we are hoping for.”

“I will do everything in my power to ensure that all of our students, faculty and staff remain in a safe and inclusive environment, even as we fly this flag in the month of February,” Ricca said.

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bronx163
bronx163

Total bs. That flag ahould be removed and destroyed.
BLM IS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. ORG THAT ENCITES PEOPLE TO ATTACK COPS.

RunCop
RunCop

Black lives splatter!

RunCop
RunCop

The police should DEMAND that this school district fly the Blue Lives Matter flag for police memorial week!!

Msmom88
Msmom88

What month will they fly a WHITE LIVES MATTER flag?

ProCop
ProCop

Montpelier has had it's kids brainwashed by a bunch of leftist loonies. I think in Vermont they call themselves "teachers".
We should all simply remember that it was also Vermont who loosed Bernie Sanders on the civilized world. We should also have sympathy for those living there, it seems their Green Mountains have fallen on their heads.

ProCop
ProCop

Not even a decent place to ski anymore. Too many people trying to get you to pay more than your fair share so they can 'ski free'.

BobIn704
BobIn704

will never happen.....its BS that a terrorist group can hang their flag at a school

Steve1
Steve1

This School district is supporting a RACIST TERRORIST Group in America, Superintendent Brian Ricca, is pretending that this is a civil rights movement. Superintendent Brian Ricca has no right to use public tax payers property,nor the right to influence the student minds with the RACIST BLM Terrorist groups actions. The parents/tax payers of the community should demand Superintendent Brian Ricca, remove his decision and he should be considered for removal from his current position!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Hey everyone. BLM isn't a terrorist group.

Don't just answer and insult me. Try showing proof that they are, clowns.

fireslayer
fireslayer

Have you not watched the hours upon hours of video footage of BLM’s activities? Either you’re misinformed or you’re merely trying to garner a reaction for calling us clowns.

NYLIOldSlr
NYLIOldSlr

Check it out, you Mr. Administrator. Black Lies (Lives) Matter is nothing more than a homegrown terrorist organization. They tout disrespect of ANY AND/OR ALL members of law enforcement. They routinely assault any who disagree with their hate-filled rhetoric. They claim to "care" about members of the black community who "are struggling" economically, etc. When, upon truthful examination, they only care about themselves!!! Now as to the MYTH of what YOU, MR. ADMINISTRATOR, said was "white privilege", I submit this to you, "sir": currently, I live hand to mouth. Meaning, I struggle, DAILY, to put food on my own table!! Never mind food on my son's!!! But, hey, I'm "privileged", right??? WRONG!!! In technical terms, I am what is considered to be a working poor individual. Yes, I have a job; albeit, a part time one. I, also, collect Social Security Disability. I am allowed to work NO MORE THAN 25 hours/week. It might SEEM like a lot. But, IT ISN'T!!! Take out the usual taxes, I am LUCKY if I clear $200-$250/ week. Then, along with my allotment from Social Security, it might seem that I am "rolling in the dough!!" Nothing could be further from the truth, "sir!!!" Let's get to the after tax deductions, shall we?? We have rent, to the tune of $250/ month, not much, all things considered. Child support, in the amount of $200/month, seems low, right?? Then, let's throw in the "incidental" expenses: bus fare, each month(currently do not have a vehicle) $36.00, food to eat while on break at work, roughly $20-$30/month, next laundry [gotta have clean clothes, correct??] that expense comes to $36.00/month. Add in food to live on at apartment per month comes to a good $50.00-$65.00. Pet food, $75.00 month. Other expenses, such as my son needing clothing/footwear, $50.00/month, food for him,$60.00-$70.00/month. You see where I'm going with this, DO YOU???? At the end of the month, I'm fortunate to clear about $40.00 for whatever I care to do with. But, hey, as you put it, I am "privileged" because I'm white, correct??? "Mister" you need to climb down from your "high horse", come out of that "ivory tower" that your OVERPRIVILEGED butt is in and face the factual truth!!!! Not all whites are "privileged!!!" Just like not all blacks live in the ghetto and/or are poverty stricken!!!! So, next time you decide to spout some nonsense out of the side of your neck, think 3 times, get ALL of your facts straight then, AND ONLY THEN are you permitted to speak!!!! But, hey, what do I know, I'm "privileged" because I'm white!!!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966
NYLIOldSlr
NYLIOldSlr said: Check it out, you Mr. Administrator. Black Lies (Lives) Matter is nothing more than a homegrown terrorist organization. They tout disrespect of ANY AND/OR ALL members of law enforcement. They routinely assault any who disagree with their hate-filled rhetoric. They claim to "care" about members of the black community who "are struggling" economically, etc. When, upon truthful examination, they only care about themselves!!! Now as to the MYTH of what YOU, MR. ADMINISTRATOR, said was "white privilege", I submit this to you, "sir": currently, I live hand to mouth. Meaning, I struggle, DAILY, to put food on my own table!! Never mind food on my son's!!! But, hey, I'm "privileged", right??? WRONG!!! In technical terms, I am what is considered to be a working poor individual. Yes, I have a job; albeit, a part time one. I, also, collect Social Security Disability. I am allowed to work NO MORE THAN 25 hours/week. It might SEEM like a lot. But, IT ISN'T!!! Take out the usual taxes, I am LUCKY if I clear $200-$250/ week. Then, along with my allotment from Social Security, it might seem that I am "rolling in the dough!!" Nothing could be further from the truth, "sir!!!" Let's get to the after tax deductions, shall we?? We have rent, to the tune of $250/ month, not much, all things considered. Child support, in the amount of $200/month, seems low, right?? Then, let's throw in the "incidental" expenses: bus fare, each month(currently do not have a vehicle) $36.00, food to eat while on break at work, roughly $20-$30/month, next laundry [gotta have clean clothes, correct??] that expense comes to $36.00/month. Add in food to live on at apartment per month comes to a good $50.00-$65.00. Pet food, $75.00 month. Other expenses, such as my son needing clothing/footwear, $50.00/month, food for him,$60.00-$70.00/month. You see where I'm going with this, DO YOU???? At the end of the month, I'm fortunate to clear about $40.00 for whatever I care to do with. But, hey, as you put it, I am "privileged" because I'm white, correct??? "Mister" you need to climb down from your "high horse", come out of that "ivory tower" that your OVERPRIVILEGED butt is in and face the factual truth!!!! Not all whites are "privileged!!!" Just like not all blacks live in the ghetto and/or are poverty stricken!!!! So, next time you decide to spout some nonsense out of the side of your neck, think 3 times, get ALL of your facts straight then, AND ONLY THEN are you permitted to speak!!!! But, hey, what do I know, I'm "privileged" because I'm white!!!

I know exactly where you are coming from. I've been poor my entire life. I am disabled living on social security. I don't qualify for any assistance whatsoever. Most months I can't afford all my medications. I have several repairs I can't get done to my home. I never got my white privilege card!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@NYLIOldSlr your struggles have absolutely nothing to do with Black Lives Matter. Maybe take these matters up with your president though.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@fireslayer there aren't hours upon hours. There is actually none. You haven't linked anything, so you're making shit up.

Andrewfurb44
Andrewfurb44

This looks like RACISM, no? Blacks cannot have it both ways. Why would the Superintendent and Board capitulate to a student who has an agenda. What do you want to bet he’s Black. What’s the black term for a snowflake?

NYLIOldSlr
NYLIOldSlr

@Hi_estComnDenomn. Listen. The whole point of my post was to say to Mr. Ricca, the school administrator, that I am NOT "privileged!!" I was using said struggles to point that out. But, I think that got lost, didn't it??? So, please, read the post FULLY and, exercise brain before you post/say anything. Thank you.

MrLeeX$Lave
MrLeeX$Lave

That's why They will fly that flag. Because of tikki torch Carrington Racist Pricks like yourselves. Blue Lives are not real, you can choose not to be a police, but Being Black is a Blessing From Jesus.

MrLeeX$Lave
MrLeeX$Lave

Hey Moron we fly the White Folks Flag Every Freaking Day, it's Called Olde Glory.
Black People have been suffering under that piece of worthless Butt Wipe since it's inception. I am not a BLM member, but I reject your Racist Stupidity and Ignorance.

Nighthawk644
Nighthawk644

Proof???? I would suggest you do a little "Google Research." You are making yourself look foolish with your comments.

MrLeeX$Lave
MrLeeX$Lave

To all who think BLM causes Black People to wantonly murder or extremely gullible.
Fact checking will inform you that white flag loving Constitution reading Baptist conservative males are the #1 Threat to white police officers.
I know trump and the other Fear Mongering Racist will not tell y'all, but I am.
But you folks will not heed this information. As a white Christian it's easier to Hate and Fear Black People than to seek Out the TRUTH.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@NYLIOldSlr your comparison was derisive. You put two subjects together that don't belong together, on purpose, to fire shit up.

Again, what do your struggles have to do with Black Lives Matter?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Nighthawk644 I've done Google research, and came up empty. Do you have a different Google than I do? If so, link your proof.

You're going to scout Google and come up with the same 3 videos everyone posts here, that have been debunked time and time again. You have nothing to back up your claim.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

So let me get this straight. Some people made a HUGE deal about getting rid of all of the civil war monuments, anything relating to the confederacy. Just to have a public school fly a BLM flag? Why not fly an ISIS flag right under it. And then a KKK flag too. Include all the extremists, don't wanna leave anyone out these days, you know snowflakes have feelings.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble this is an easy one.

First, BLM isn't an extreme group. And you're comparing them to ISIS and the KKK? You'd have a point if you compared alt-right to that group, since they are responsible for at least one public body.

Second, civil war statues have no reason to be celebrated in America. They were traitors to the US. If people want traitor statues up, put them in a museum under the proper context. Where they absolutely DON'T belong is out in public, like war heroes.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble that's where you're wrong. Have you not seen my presence requested repeatedly in this site?

You, on the other hand, constantly lob jokes that never seem to land.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble and obviously you give a little bit of a damn. You responded, clown.

bronx163
bronx163

That BLM FLAG IS SIGN OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM. AND SHOULD BE RIPPED DOWN. CANT HAVE WHITE LIVES MATTER CANT HAVE BLM EITHER.
AMAZING BLACKS NOW AFTER 50 yrs WANT BLACK ONLY SECTIONS OG COLLEGE,BLACK ONLY DORMS. WHOS THE RACIST HERE NOW. BLACKS ARE WHO PUSH SEPERATION FROM MAISTREAM SOCIETY.

Nighthawk644
Nighthawk644
Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Nighthawk644 you dumbfuck. None of these links are substantiated. Micah Johnson was not part of BLM, so your Dallas link is garbage.

Every link you have referring to BLM chanting for dead cops is not BLM, which has been proven time and time again. @Det_John_Kimble, would you like to inform your little brother here who the chsnting group really is?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 you've got to be sick of me calling you dumb by now, but you're dumb. History shows that when black folks are left on their own, great things happen. It's when racist white people get fed up with black success, they have this urge to destroy. Black Wall Street and the creation of NYCs Central Park are 2 examples of black folks being fine on their own and racist white people not liking it.

I know you're not a college guy, but why exactly do you think historically black colleges are a thing? Black media? Black music (which has created or influenced the music you listen to). These were created because whites left blacks out of the establishment and were forced to create their own shit.

How exactly do you complain about blacks wanting their shit left alone on one article, then complain about blacks wanting equality and a say in mainstream society in other articles? Im sure you're dumb, and I highly suspect you're bigoted. Probably also a little envious, since most of your comments revolve around black people in various situations.

bronx163
bronx163

Calf commie
Go across this country blacks want safe spaces.
Black only dorms and bldgs.
Univerity of conneticuite is bldg black only dorms.
What failed to leave out as a black man my commie calf wack.
There is being black and being shit bag ghetto black.
There is the hard working black inner city black. Then there are the 10 generations of black on welfare who hate whitie hate to work and wont work. Then you have street level shit bag criminal who too is a welfare savage robbing losers. Then in middle you have legit ones on welfare and want to do better but can not. Due to low skillset and education.
Thats inner city. But media only focuses on just projects and police brutality. Cops n inner city are fighting a crimnal insurgency. Crimnal threat hidden among the poor population. And over time as a cop you learn to see who the players are. Yea sometimes things go wrong and wring people are stopped. Not a science working in the streets.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

I do believe BLM and Antifa are extremists, they may not have directly murdered anyone that we know of yet, but their actions have certainly incited riots, which one can say is extreme. They fit the definition I think.

ex·trem·ist
ikˈstrēməst/Submit
noun
a person who holds extreme or fanatical political or religious views, especially one who resorts to or advocates extreme action.
"political extremists"
synonyms: fanatic, radical, zealot, fundamentalist, hard-liner, militant, activist; informalultra
"with little to gain from moderation, the extremists rule the day"

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 so which is it? Bad to want to be around people that won't accost you, or continue to try to integrate into those that clearly don't want you there?

Can't have it both ways. If you'd rather not have black folk wanting their own dorms, start treating them like everyone else.

You obviously don't have the mental capacity to do that, as seen in your comment history.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble by the definition you posted, the groups that could be called extreme are antifa and the alt right.

What extreme stance or action has BLM adopted? No, ancillary actions of those the media connects to BLM don't count.

Which actions, directly from BLM, make them extremist?

If I asked that question about antifa or alt right, the evidence against them is staggering. I'm still waiting on you or anyone else to show me extreme behavior from BLM. Not from a black person that happened to be at a BLM really with no connection to the group but skin color, but the BLM group showing extreme behavior.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble alt right nazis run people over with cars. Antifa throws molotov cocktails. BLM does what, exactly?

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

The name of BLM in itself incites hatred. Be honest with yourself. If someone created the group White Lives Matter and they held marches and chanted dead cops now etc, the federal government would consider them a terrorist group and blacks would burn a city down over it.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Here are 10 demands from the group you love defending so much.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble
  1. White people, if you don’t have any descendants, will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably one that lives in generational poverty.
  1. White people, if you’re inheriting property you intend to sell upon acceptance, give it to a black or brown family. You’re bound to make that money in some other white privileged way.
  1. If you are a developer or realty owner of multi-family housing, build a sustainable complex in a black or brown blighted neighborhood and let black and brown people live in it for free.
  1. White people, if you can afford to downsize, give up the home you own to a black or brown family. Preferably a family from generational poverty.
  1. White people, if any of the people you intend to leave your property to are racists assholes, change the will, and will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably a family from generational poverty.
  1. White people, re-budget your monthly so you can donate to black funds for land purchasing.
  1. White people, especially white women (because this is yaw specialty — Nosey Jenny and Meddling Kathy), get a racist fired. Yaw know what the fuck they be saying. You are complicit when you ignore them. Get your boss fired cause they racist too.
  1. Backing up No. 7, this should be easy but all those sheetless Klan, Nazi’s and Other lil’ dick-white men will all be returning to work. Get they ass fired. Call the police even: they look suspicious.
  1. OK, backing up No. 8, if any white person at your work, or as you enter in spaces and you overhear a white person praising the actions from yesterday, first, get a pic. Get their name and more info. Hell, find out where they work — Get Them Fired. But certainly address them, and, if you need to, you got hands: use them.
  1. Commit to two things: Fighting white supremacy where and how you can (this doesn’t mean taking up knitting, unless you’re making scarves for black and brown kids in need), and funding black and brown people and their work.
Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Don't ask me why the copy paste made the numbers all ones, but I'm not reposting it to fix it. I hate that group enough. Not worth it.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

So lets trade out the words white people with black people, now read these demands out loud and see just how absurd this shit is.

Georgia
Georgia

Are they going to fly a blue lives matter flag as well?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble you do realize that list was made in jest, right? Fox News hopped right on it and treated it seriously, leading to a larger profile.

Also, just because you don't like a group, doesn't make them terrorists. I don't like them for my own reasons, but lying about them isn't right either way.

I also noticed you alluded to BLM calling for dead cops. They didn't do that, and I've already rubbed your face in that mess you made.

Finally, would you like me to put up a list of inflammatory shit your savior Richard Spencer has said?

Rkidsrcops
Rkidsrcops

How about all lives matter. But who would think someone could create a group for that. Blm is racist as is the klan. It will always be this way sad to say. They will be the ones who miss out on meeting great human beings

BootyBungler
BootyBungler

@Hi_estComnDenomn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqQXmnMr_w8 weird huh

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble yes, I'm married. We're doing great. How are you and your second marriage going?