Accountability, not disrespect
3/1/2019, 6 a.m.
I could not help but notice the African-American politicians, religious and community leaders who have chosen to side with Gov. Ralph S. Northam. Either they have forgotten or just overlooked his nickname, “Coonman.” Of all the people they could have put their trust in, they chose the “Coonman.” And that is not a nickname you are given by accident.
Amazingly, the day the racist photos surfaced from Gov. Northam’s medical school yearbook, these people were outraged, furious and calling for his resignation. Now, after several private meetings with the governor, their whole perspective on the matter has changed dramatically. They went from calling on the governor to resign, to saying let’s use this situation as a “teachable” and “healing” moment. The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus stated after Gov. Northam’s press conference that it had renewed their belief that he should go.
This was the perfect opportunity to hold Gov. Northam accountable for his actions. It would have sent a strong message going forward that African-Americans would no longer tolerate or accept being disrespected or dehumanized by anyone.
It is an absolute shame that African-Americans would rather settle for an apology, a breakfast or some form of luncheon without any consequences.
I applaud the groups and organizations that continue to rally and demand that Gov. Northam resign. You are the true leaders and you are standing on the right side of “justice.”