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Racism In The Small Towns And Suburbs Of Connecticut

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Joe Amon
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Holly Tucker, 37, of New Haven at the Caravan 4 Justice gathering at the northside of the Connecticut State Capitol to peacefully demonstrate against the systematic abuse of police power perpetrated against the Black community on June 7, 2020.

In the wake of resistance to Black Lives Matter protests against racial injustice in cities like Portland, Oregon; Kenosha, Wisconsin; and others, we decided to take a look at race relations in the small towns and suburbs of Connecticut. What we found was disturbing. 

In some ways, the show feels inadequate. I wish we could have included more of the many people who have experienced racist behavior in our small towns of Connecticut. We won't get to talk to a woman from Farmington who received a threatening note at her home for hanging a Black Lives Matter banner, a student from Killingly who experienced racial bullying, a young BLM organizer in Durham, or a woman angry that Confederate flags are still sold at the Durham fair. I know about these. Most incidents never make the news.

This hour, what’s it like to be black and living in a small town or suburb in Connecticut? How do we begin to change the structures that keep racism alive? 

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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