NPR

Vermont's Only Black Female Lawmaker Resigns Amid Racial Harassment

State Rep. Kiah Morris announced in August that she would not be seeking re-election, but now she is resigning early, as a result of "continued harassment" and her husband's health issues.

Vermont state Rep. Kiah Morris has resigned from office, citing extensive racial harassment and telling The New York Times that the lack of response from local law enforcement has been "stunning."

Morris, who was the only black woman in the state Legislature, announced that political discourse had become "divisive, inflammatory and at times, even dangerous."

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR3 min read
In 'My Ideal Boyfriend Is A Croissant', The Heroine Is No Flake
Laura Dockrill's young adult novel stars a refreshingly direct, unapologetic — and occasionally crass — plus-sized girl who uses her doctor-imposed food diary to record her life and feelings.
NPR3 min readPsychology
How Microexpressions Can Make Moods Contagious
Feelings seem to spread contagiously between friends, partners, or groups. Why are we so easily influenced by one another's emotions? A new video from Invisibilia explains what's going on.
NPR4 min read
Notre Dame Fire Revives Demand For Skilled Stone Carvers In France
"With stone carving, we give life to an edifice and perpetuate history. We're also creating a link with the past and transmitting values that are important to conserve in society," one student says.