|A Saturday Night Live sketch a few weeks ago skewered|
Vermont's whiteness. Funny, but unsettling
The video featured a group of white supremacists having a meeting somewhere in the South.
The group leader wants to establish their own white settlement, a "our own place for our own people" with "an agrarian community where everybody lives in harmony, where every single person is white"
A member of the meeting raises his had pipes up: "Yeah, I know that place. That sounds like Vermont." That's a definite laugh line, but geez.
The leader says he doesn't understand. He's talking about a place where even the people who wash the dishes and pick the fruit are white.
"Oh, yeah, that's Vermont," the man responds. The leader grows suspicious of the man, especially when he says he's from the North. But the guy's white supremacist creds remain in place when he quickly explains he's from Boston. The whole group is satisfied with that.
"I'm talking about a place where a white man can take things he grew from the ground and trade things with another white man, who grew things from the ground."
Replies the northerner: "That's a farmer's market and they're all over Vermont."
Pretty soon, the groups is deciding that Vermont sounds like just the ticket. It's a place where "The leaves change color but the people never do."
In the end, it's settled. They're going to Vermont.
That's a bit chilling. Especially since racism does seem to be alive and well in Vermont. Just take the recent case of Kiah Morris. She had been Vermont's only black legislator. She dropped her re-election campaign, then resigned after receiving racial threats.
Her house was broken into and swastikas were painted on trees near her property. The Vermont Attorney General's office is investigating.
Yeah, we're not always the liberal, welcoming place we want to think we are. In any event, I hope that white supremacists don't regard SNL as a documentary.
Here's the video: