I’m a racist, she’s a racist, he’s a racist, they’re all racist; wouldn’t you like to be a racist too?
Golly. Is it time for another one of those national “conversations” about race? Nah. That kind of “conversation” begins and ends with leftists screaming: “you’re raaaaaacist!”
By now, gentle readers, you know the story. Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia—Democrat–made news when, in supporting an abortion bill that would have allowed unlimited abortion, strongly implied he would “abort” handicapped children—murder them—after they were born. That he is a physician did not help his backpedaling attempts, as I wrote in Abortion: Socialist Monsters of Virginia.
This is a story full of irony. Virginia was perhaps the most important colony in the fight for liberty and the establishment of our constitutional rights, yet the Commonwealth is now descended into a morass of barbarism, advocating denying it’s most vulnerable their very lives.
Irony was again served a few days later when a photo from Northam’s medial school yearbook in 1984 appeared. In it were two people: one in exaggerated blackface, and standing next to him someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood. Northam hastily and clumsily debased himself over that photo, providing over several days a number of conflicting, more and more bizarre statements, finally claiming he was not actually in the photo, and intended to use facial recognition software to divine the identity of the racist culprit. Since this was an old, two dimensional, black and white photo, that’s nonsensical, particularly considering such software would have a hard time identifying whoever was wearing the hood.
Ironic too was the lack of outage, particularly in Democrat circles, for Northham’s willingness to murder babies unquestionably born and living, however inconvenient, but the outcry over his supposed racism was of a far greater magnitude. That outcry took a few days to gain steam, but Democrats eventually realized if they were going to be able to continue to play the race card, particularly for the 2020 election cycle, they were going to have to throw Northam under the bus. Full disclosure: all race cards are invalid at this Internet ATM. Paul Mirengoff at Powerline commented:
Recognizing that an apology isn’t going to cut it, Northam now claims, contrary to an earlier admission, that he isn’t in the offending picture that appeared on his yearbook page. But he can’t explain how it got there. Nor can how explain how he got the nickname ‘Coonman.’
The Virginia Pilot researched the burning question of how pictures found their way on to
student pages of the 1984 yearbook of the Eastern Virginia Medical School. The answer isn’t exactly a shocker:
Interviews with EVMS alumni indicate that students were each given a half page and submitted their own photos to be published on those pages.
So now we can be reasonably confident that Northam was a racist in 1984 and is a liar today. He’s also into infanticide, if anyone cares.
Ruh-roh, Shaggy! “Coonman?!” This couldn’t have been worse for Northam and Democrats if it was written in a Hollywood B-movie script. And that’s not all, as Fox News reports:
Northam said that while he did not attend the party where the picture was taken, he did attend one the same year, for which he said he ‘darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume.’
‘I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an action like that,’ he said. However, he went on to note that he had gone on to win that contest, in part because he could perform Jackson’s signature dance move — the Moonwalk. When asked if he still able to perform the dance, Northam paused to look at the space next to him as if he was about to attempt the move, before his wife Pamela said it was ‘inappropriate circumstances.
Michael Jackson/blackface. Right. We also quickly learned that the yearbook photo was exposed by a physician classmate of Northam’s unimpressed by his willingness to do maximum harm in the service of progressivism. And then it got even better (worse?), as The NY Post reports:
Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring on Wednesday issued a stunning statement admitting he wore brown makeupand a wig in 1980 to dress up as a black rapper when he was a University of Virginia student.
‘In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song. It sounds ridiculous even now writing it,’ Herring said.
‘But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes — and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others — we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup.
But it is yet worse(?!), as Fox News reports:
The woman accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfaxof sexual assault released a graphic statement Wednesday detailing her allegations for the first time, saying he forced her to perform oral sex back in 2004.
Dr. Vanessa C. Tyson, a professor at Scripps College in California, said the alleged encounter occurredin late July 2004, during the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
‘With tremendous anguish, I am now sharing this information about my experience and setting the record straight. It has been extremely difficult to relive that traumatic experience from 2004. Mr. Fairfax has tried to brand me as a liar to a national audience, in service to his political ambitions, and has threatened litigation. Given his false assertions, I’m compelled to make clear what happened,’ she said in a statement.
The allegation is basically that what began as consensual kissing, quickly devolved into forced fellatio. And how, in light of Democrat demands that all women making such allegations be unquestionably believed, did Fairfax—who is black (irony alert)—respond? The Washington Examiner explains:
Fairfax denies any coercion took place, and his chief of staff has denied Fairfax said anything so crude and unempathetic. So we are left with a quandary—actually quandaries.
Northam: during the campaign for governor, Northam recklessly branded his Republican opponent, Ed Gillispie, a racist. There was, of course, no evidence of racism, but that’s what Democrats do, and it may well have helped elect Northam. Northam’s murderous intentions didn’t bother leftists at all, but blackface? A Klan Hood? Even that wouldn’t normally be a problem for a Democrat—with Democrats behavior that would immediately sink a Republican is different because Trump, and most of all, because shut up–but innumerable hopeless candidates are chasing the Democrat presidential nomination, and they must keep the race card viable—they have little else. So the declared and potential candidates began, tentatively at first, calling for Northam’s ouster, and others began piling on. Even one of the official propaganda arms of the Democrat Party, The Washington Post,is demanding his hide. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit finds that interesting, as Scott Johnson at Powerline comments:
Glenn Reynolds notes the Washington Post editorial calling for the resignation of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. According to the Post: ‘[Northam’s] shifting and credulity-shredding explanations for the racist photograph on his medical school yearbook page, and the silence into which he then succumbed for days — after initially promising to do ‘the hard work’ of atonement and apology to restore his standing with Virginians — is simply too much.’
Glenn responds (my italics):’“Hey, WaPo editorial board — remember how you pushed Northam as some sort of racial healer, while gleefully spreading the bullshit claims that longtime milquetoast GOP pol Ed Gillespie was some sort of Stormfront stalking horse? Maybe you should resign, too, hacks. Don’t try to pretend this is just about the rottenness of Virginia’s Democratic Party. You’re part of the rot yourselves.”
Fairfax: provides a unique dilemma for Democrats. Until the revelation of his sexual impropriety came to light, Democrats were increasingly happy to throw Northam under the bus because Fairfax was waiting in the wings, and no one was going to find photos of him in blackface or a Klan hood—he’s black. Then Democrat hypocrisy reared its ever-present head. His accuser is presenting what Dems loudly and mock-seriously called “a credible accusation,” during the Kavanaugh hearing. Actually, more credible in that Fairfax admits the encounter happened; he’s just quibbling about the details. They established a new rule—accusation equals absolute truth equals disqualification from pretty much everything–and now, that noble rule is inconvenient. The cries for Fairfax’s ouster are somewhat less voluminous and fervent, but he has the bad luck to be in trouble in the run up to the 2020 elections, and even being black may not save him.
Herrring: something of a pitiful figure, he almost certainly revealed his three decades+ old sin before someone found a photo or came forward with a horror story or two. Best to get ahead of the tidal wave. A very white guy, he has no racial protection and is presumed racist in the face of his revelation. Cries for his ouster are gaining steam, but may not succeed because Democrats are reluctant to throw away the entire upper leadership of the Democrat-controlled Virginia executive branch. The next guy might not be willing to wage lawfare against Trump.
Crying race is fraught with danger when people who know history are involved. It was a Republican—Abraham Lincoln—who freed the slaves. It was Democrats that loosed police dogs on Black civil rights protestors, sprayed them with fire hoses, brutally beat and jailed them and lynched them. The Klu Klux Klan was the invention and favorite pastime of Democrats, and Robert Byrd, a hi-ranking Klansman, became the longest serving member of the Senate. Democrats fought viciously for segregation, and viciously against the Voting Rights Act and all Civil Rights legislation. Racism was all but exterminated in America decades ago. The Civil Rights battles were fought and won–by Republicans—and actual racists, who are few and far between, are justly social pariahs. Yet Democrats are determined to embroil us in racial strife, to impose hatred where it does not exist.
But hey, it’s not Northam’s fault, and it’s certainly not Democrat’s fault. Whose fault is it? Fox News identifies the culprit:
NBC News commentators placed blame on President Donald Trump for the controversy facing Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. [skip]
On the Today Show, co-host Craig Melvin asked the panel why blackface seems ‘all of a sudden front and center in America again?’
Princeton University Professor Eddie Glaude Jr. responded by tying Northam’s scandal to the president.
‘I think it has something to do with what Donald Trump has unleashed. It has something to do with the reservoir that’s underneath our politics that can always be activated at any moment,’ Glaude Jr. explained. ‘So it’s not like it’s something new has happened. It’s always underneath. It’s the undertow.’
MSNBC political analyst Zerlina Maxwell agreed with the Princeton professor.
‘You know, young children of color are dealing with kids saying, ‘Build the wall,’ Maxwell told the panel. ‘Donald Trump has normalized this overt display of racism.
I knew it! It was Trump all along! It’s always Trump. Everything is Trump.
Should Northam, Fairfax and Herring resign? The precedent Democrats so gleefully established should render that nothing more than a rhetorical question: of course they should, the racist, sexist, woman hating bigots! And while I have little pity for people who live on the misery of others, making false, ugly accusations as a matter of convenience, there remains the little matters of time, due process and being innocent until proved guilty.
Fairfax’s alleged wrongdoing is the most recent, and it’s 15 years old. The others are 30+ years old. While all were adults at the times of their political sins, do we forget that time changes us all? Are we all to be limited in the present by foolish mistakes made by people we haven’t been in decades? If not, how then was Robert Byrd ever forgiven for his proven, vicious, ugly racism? Why was he allowed to die in office?
What is yet to be seen is any evidence of current, even recent, racism by Northam. Indeed, he’s a race hustler and liar; neither speak well to his character, but we’ve certainly elected worse. Any contemporary evidence of racism by Herring also seems elusive. The fifteen year old allegation of what might arguably have been rape is almost surely beyond any applicable statute of limitations, and while if true, speaks poorly of Fairfax’s character, his contemporary, obscene characterization of his victim speaks more powerfully to his current lack of character and the degree of his arrogance and disdain for those he supposedly serves.
We must, gentle readers, be careful with such things. If we are truly to use youthful—relatively speaking—indiscretions to determine and limit the course of our adult lives, who will be fit for political office? Who will be employable? Who will be allowed to live in peace?
As for the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia? They have the politicians they deserve; let them live with their mistakes, and perhaps, learn to vote more wisely in the future.
UPDATE, 02-08-19, 2210 CST: Gov. Northam, a stereotypical Democrat, is refusing to step down, and to atone for unspecified ancient sins, is now working to become even more woke, as Hot Air.com reports:
Northam’s policy team is looking at crafting a set of proposals based on the premise that the governor’s mistakes have rendered him keenly aware of inequity and the lack of justice faced by black Virginians 400 years after the first African people arrived in the Commonwealth, at Point Comfort, in 1619.
The centerpiece proposal is not complete in its scope or in terms of what it will seek to accomplish. But there are many possibilities being considered for a broad platform: increasing resources for affordable housing; setting new, more equitable standards in small business procurement; implementing programs that expand economic opportunity for entrepreneurs; pumping money into public services like education and transportation…
Northam doesn’t plan to hold any more press conferences any time soon. Advisers are in the midst of negotiations with major networks for a nationally televised interview they hope will humanize him. Additionally, his advisers have assigned the governor homework: He’s begun to read Alex Haley’s ‘Roots’, and ‘The Case for Reparations,’ the seminal essay in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Oh yeah. Reading those books will make everything right. Can Virginia Democrats–and Democrats in general–possibly look even more insane? These people are beyond satire and parody.
Lt. Governor Fairfax has been slammed with another sexual assault allegation from the past. This one, unlike the previous allegation of forced fellatio, appears to be a violent rape. Unlike the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, both allegations against Fairfax have all the requisite date, time and place information, and appear to have contemporaneous, second and third hand witnesses. None of this would stand up in court even if the statute of limitations had not run out, but the case against Fairfax appears to be far stronger than that against Kavanaugh ever was, and he was tried and convicted by Democrats everywhere.
Oh dear, what a mess Democrats have constructed for themselves. I thought they were supposed to be morally and intellectually superior to mere God and gun clinging deplorables. How can the citizens of Virginia rest peacefully in their beds if their three top government officials are no better than–shudder–Republicans!?