Patch's Poll: How Prevalent is Racial and Cultural Prejudice in Connecticut?

Recent events in Wilton and other towns raise the question.

Police and school officials in Wilton are investigating a Twitter account in which some individual — believe to be a high school student — is sending out racist and hateful messages regarding the people in town.

The account has sparked controversy and frustration among town residents who aren’t happy that this hateful speech is spewing online.

A Patch contributor, Heather Borden Herve, took the issue head-on by publishing two opinion pieces: “,” and “.”

“It is my hope that we can send a clear, unequivocal and united message that this kind of behavior does not represent our community and that it will not be tolerated,” Dr. Gary Richards, superintendent of schools, told the Wilton Board of Education.

But apart from dealing with this issue, Herve tackled a few other examples of racism or bias, including East Haven Mayor Jose Maturo’s statements on how he would support the Latino community by having tacos.

“Indeed, prejudice seems to be alive and well here in Connecticut,” Heather said.

So, we want to know your thoughts on this. Do you think cultural prejudice is alive and well in progressive and left-of-center Connecticut? Or are these isolated incidents? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Adam June 23, 2012 at 02:14 PM
unless we are a perfect society, there will always be racism-we should not concern ourselves with whether or not we are a racist state/country-so much as we should concern ourselves with being the best country that we could be, especially in education- you want to end all forms of racism? You can do one of two things-take away freedom of speech (our most important right) or you can improve education-doing the latter for EVERYONE- will break down walls and open more doors.
M Donna June 23, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Culture and 'race' are essentially same; we are all one 'race', some cultures are simply more obviously different due to having a different general geographical origin (and thus varying skin colors and features)
Marty Salvatore June 23, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Yes. Whites are totally persecuted. Always. Everywhere. I mean, you can't even have white pride or support white power without someone throwing the racist label at you. So true.
Bill Fasula June 23, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Being against gay marriage is not being a bigot or homophobe. On the contrary many gays show themselves to be bigoted when someone is against gay marriage by their response. Gays use intimidation and slurs in an attempt to silence any discourse. There is NO evidence that proves people are born gay. Marriage is between a man and a woman. Go ahead fire you're slurs away.
Susan Schoenberger June 23, 2012 at 06:28 PM
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