Raising the flag for our community


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This week, UVM students stood in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement at an organized “Black Out.”

At the event, participants dressed in all black to pose for a picture under a “Black Lives Matter” flag.

This particular flag, first raised Sept. 22, was later stolen and a new one was raised in its place.

The flag raising and “Black Out” event are clear depictions of the UVM community: a community that stands for what’s right, speaks out and demands action.

A community that has garnered national attention for flying the Black Lives Matter flag next to our nation’s colors. A community that has the opportunity and privilege to set a precedent for the state, other universities and the entire nation.

In simple words, the nation is watching.

The nation is watching a predominantly white institution stand in solidarity with a movement calling for the equal treatment of all individuals. The nation is watching a university that not only allows, but encourages its students to publicly express their opinions regarding a nationwide issue.

As a community, we must continue to stand together and speak out for what’s right. We must continue to be resilient, strong and respectful. Together, with the nation watching, we can make a difference.

The Cynic supports this movement, and applauds the efforts of our peers who are standing in solidarity with what they believe is right. Together we stand.