Racism in the spotlight in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Community members gathered in Burlington to address racism on Sunday afternoon.

The drop-in workshop called "Seeing & Disrupting Racism" was hosted by the Peace & Justice Center. Discussions ranged from defining racism, to how to react when you see or hear a racist act. Organizers say that harm can be done from stereotypes and lack of exposure, concepts that they broke down at the event.

“The more we can learn about racism and learn to address it and interrupt it and reverse it, the better we're going to be as a whole culture. Not just for the folks of color who are being damaged by racism but everyone benefits,” said Rachel Siegel of the Peace & Justice Center.

The class comes just a few days after several libraries in our area, and a parking lot in Lebanon, New Hampshire, were targeted with racist propaganda.

The Peace & Justice Center say that they plan to host more events addressing prejudice issues in the future.