Posted on October 25, 2023

After String of Racist Incidents in Bristol, Diversity Council Calls on City to Take Anti-Racist Actions

Chris Polansky, Connecticut Public Radio, October 18, 2023

Residents of Bristol are standing up in the face of a string of racist incidents.

First, neo-Nazis gathered at a street corner with torches and a white supremacist banner in August. Then, the head of the town farmers market and member of the Rotary Club resigned after making racist social media posts. In late September, swastikas and racial slurs were found graffitied around town.


But Jaymie Bianca, chair of the city’s Diversity Council, said condemnation alone isn’t enough when the community feels unsafe.

{snip} “We not only need to say that we denounce white supremacy, but we need to have action.”

That action can include events, like an anti-racist speakers’ series, Bianca said, and the construction of a community center, where people from marginalized groups can come together and feel safe.