BLACK LIVES MATTER.
It is irresponsible to fail to recognize the dramatic structural inequalities within the United States and the costs they impose on the black community. Too many Black people are arrested, incarcerated, and die solely because of the color of their skin. The Vermont Debate and Forensics League condemns the violence and racism inflicted upon the Black community.
We are honored to work with high school students who commit themselves to the free exchange of ideas. It is our responsibility to advocate for systemic changes that promote safety, equity, and justice for our underrepresented and under-served students. We commit ourselves to preparing, educating, and supporting our students using their voices to right the wrongs of the systemic injustice that plagues our nation.
We support and affirm the statements on racial violence of both national speech and debate organizations: the NSDA and the NCFL.