The Vermont Cynic

Remember context when looking back

Remember context when looking back

April 6, 2016

Dear Readers of the Vermont Cynic,Kake Walk, perspective of the era and lessons learned applicable to today.We were interviewed for the Cynic series regarding Kake Walk. We do not argue against its demise but because the mention of it is taboo and it is included in a series on racism, UVM may miss a...

Winter Carnival unites the University

Winter Carnival unites the University

March 16, 2016

The Cynic’s Enterprise section has spent the past three weeks exploring race at UVM, and has covered the Kake Walk, the current racial climate and the future of diversity at our University. Though this may come as no surprise to UVM students, our University has the one of the lowest diversity rates of all...

After the Kake Walk: A history of UVM’s racial climate from Lattie Coor’s presidency to the present

UVM student's protesting 1988

Bryan O'Keefe and Sarah Olsen

March 2, 2016

Student activism was common at UVM throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, resulting in the creation of some of the first African-American, Chicano/a and women’s studies departments in the U.S., English professor Nancy Welch said. “At UVM, these actions — and the establishment of courses in women’s...

Kake Walk: Time to right our wrongs

<p>Kake Walk: Time to right our wrongs</p>

February 24, 2016

Forty-seven years ago, the University ended a tradition that involved  fraternity members dancing in blackface and satin tuxedos. It was called the Kake Walk, inspired by  mid-19th century minstrel shows in Vermont.It ended in 1969, the year after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and durin...

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