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10 February 2019


Mr. Rogers

America is a nation of busybodies. Everything is a controversy. You see it on your street in your hometown and you see it on the national stage. Snowflakism.

No animals or humans were harmed in the making of the blackface costume.

Bill Tozer

Why it is a good thing Northam survived revelations of his racist past.

“One thing the purveyors of privilege theory have always insisted is that it is not punitive, but educational. The purpose of recognizing and confessing racial privilege is not guilt, but a chance to better understand oneself and one’s place in our racialized society. That seems to be exactly what Northam is doing.

Northam’s unlikely survival as governor is an opportunity for the country. Had he stepped aside, his racist actions would have been punished, but not dealt with. Over the past week, more and more troubling photos from the past have surfaced, and we must think about how and why such casual racism was ever accepted. But more than that, we must ask ourselves if we are complicit in systems of racism. The answer is probably yes.

If we are to fix systemic racism, it cannot be done from a place of fear. Rather, it will require honesty and openness. Northam’s second chance isn’t just his second chance; it’s everybody’s. His forgiveness doesn’t merely save his career — it shows all of us that redemption and progress are possible. In the end, the right thing happened, and we may take from it not just hope, but a responsibility to understand, as Northam surely now does, that we are not immune to racism, nor are we powerless to fight it.


Michael R. Kesti

One thing that bothers me about the Northam affair is the unquestioned notion that the yearbook photo proves he is a racist. His actions and accomplishments as a physician, soldier, and politician in no way indicate a prejudice against or belief in superiority over other races. The good people of the State of Virginia elected him to represent them in their state senate, as lieutenant governor, and as governor, indicating that he has served well and with the approval of his constituency.

What bothers me more is that most people, even those I like to believe are capable of rational thought, have accepted that the photo, and only the photo, is proof of Northam's racism. Indeed, even the image itself is referred to as a "racist photo."

I am far more disgusted with yet another example of political correctness run amok than I will ever be with the likes of Governor Northam.

Bill Tozer

The Bonfire of the Democrats.

“In this environment, being a white male, particularly a white male not obsessed with gender and race, is a risk factor. This is a major vulnerability of Bernie Sanders.

Segments of the Left jumped on him this week for doing his own State of the Union response after the official reply by the African-American activist Stacey Abrams. Marc Lamont Hill called Sanders’ choice “racially tone-deaf.”

In every presidential campaign, candidates have to explain and backfill to get with the party’s latest program. What will make this process so much more intense for Democrats is the belief that even past mistakes involving the choice of words or symbolism are affirmatively injurious of other people. And that such mistakes represent deep sins to be repented of.

Even Kamala Harris, who calls racism, sexism, and transphobia matters of “national security,” isn’t safe. She was once a prosecutor, after all. Reviewing her record, a New York Times op-ed writer said that “she needs to radically break with her past.”
Who doesn’t? No one will be woke enough to emerge from this process unscathed.”


Todd Juvinall

Listening to snippets of the latest Northam excuses is a eye opener. He comes across as a dolt. Like he was born yesterday. I think the R's are more concerned with his infanticide laws then this racist crap. The democrats are more concerned with the blackface. He now says those first slaves were "indentured servants" in 1619. The man is really an embarrassment.

Bill Tozer

This current flap over dress up black face fads in the 80’s is certainly taken more seriously that the streaking fad of the early 70’s. It is so reminiscent of tearing down the statues and monuments dedicated to Confederate generals and historical figures less than just two years ago. Like tearing down statues would somehow remove the legacy of slavery or the lingering sins of our forefathers?
The difference between the statutes coming down in a heap of broken pieces to the cheering agrieved and the current Mob hysteria is that real living humans are being decapitated instead of human images made of stone. In both instances, the condemned are judged harshly. And in both instances, the misdeeds of the prior decades and centuries are viewed exclusively through current (and passing) lens of the present.

If is worthwhile to mention that when high school students take their field trip to our courts to play pretend judge and jury of their peers for a day (student or peer courts), the penalties rendered are harsher than what a real judge and jury would render in juvenile or adult courts. The same often holds true for peer courts on college campuses.

Now, I am the last person to go alll preachy and Bible thumping on y’all, but t is also worth mentioning (and playing off Dr. Rebanes Bible quote above), another passage about a woman caught in adultery was brought to Jesus to be condemned by stoning. When Jesus said let those who have no sin cast the first stone, the oldest men and elders were the first to walk away...the youngest were the last to leave. Just saying.
Guilty? Yep. Go and sin no more..... Redemption. The older I get, the more allowance I give to human frailties. The people business is a messy business.

“The irony, of course, is those who have produced this close-mindedness are the ones who pretend to stand for openness and tolerance.”


Bill Tozer

If I were to counsel a young man like Jussie Smollett, I would say we all make mistakes, learn from them, and don’t beat yourself up over it.

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