Somehow, Virginia has gone from men who signed the Mayflower Compact to a clown show–one for infanticide. One sexual assaulter. Two blackface racists.
Despite the dumpster fire he has caused, ole Ralph ain’t going nowhere.
Despite a scandal surrounding Northam that has rocked Virginia’s
“He’s not leaving,” said Stuart. “He understands he has to stand up and face this. He knows what he has to do. He’s staying.”
Northam appears now to be in a stronger position as the scandals of the state’s other two top officeholders, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, and AG Mark R. Herring (D) made it less likely he would be forced to step down during the General Assembly session.
But, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus renewed their call for Northam to resign, an action that emphasized how isolated he continues to be over the photo depicting someone in blackface and someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. Northam was 25 at the time.
Yes, politics as usual, while Capital Hill Democrats continue to call publicly for Northam to resign, most now want the governor to stay in office at least until there is clarity on the issues involving Fairfax and Herring–that is because the line of succession goes from the governor to lieutenant governor to attorney general. Keeping Herring in office is a backstop against handing the Executive Mansion to the third in line, the House Speaker, who is a Republican.
Is blackface really that common?
Really, we need to decide, either blackface incidents from decades ago are disqualifying or they aren’t. The question, at this point, is just who hasn’t done blackface at one time or another? How common are blackface costumes? I don’t really know anyone who has done that, maybe you do.
Let’s look. Two of the three highest-ranking Democrats in the State of Virginia are white, and both of them have worn blackface. But, this should not be surprising. Blackface turns out to be fairly common on the elite left.
Actor Ted Danson once showed up at a Friars Club roast for his then-girlfriend, Whoopi Goldberg, wearing blackface. Goldberg now co-hosts “The View” on ABC. Oddly, very little has been said on The View about the blackface controversy now unfolding in Virginia. Host Joy
Liberal actor Sarah Silverman has appeared in blackface also. Her longtime boyfriend, Jimmy Kimmel wore blackface on the air. Tom Hanks appears in an old video pretending to auction off someone who appears in blackface.
Remember the film Soul Man about a white man who wears make-up in order to pretend to be black and qualify for a black-only scholarship at Harvard Law School…oh, wait, that’s Elizabeth Warren. My bad.
If anything constructive has come out of the Northam debacle, it has provided a rich and comprehensive look at the
Why are people with private security forces demanding that you give up your guns? How come so many womanizers like creepy Bill Clinton pose as feminists?
It seems those most likely to wear blackface are also the ones that are the quickest to cry racism.
So it goes.