Wednesday, February 6, 2019
I graduated from college in 1986. I went to the University of Mississippi my freshman year and half of my sophomore year. My freshman year (1982), the school was still waving Confederate flags at football games and was in the process of transitioning to using a flag that just said, "Ole Miss" in red on a blue background. To protest, the Ku Klux Klan showed up at at least one football game. It was terrifying. The KKK is not funny. Not even a little bit.
I am extremely disappointed to discover that Mr. Northam participated in photo wearing Blackface with someone in a KKK outfit. He knew better. I voted for Mr. Northam, so this makes the discovery even more painful.
Everyone does stupid things in college. This was not stupid. It was mean and it wasn't funny. Mr. Northam should resign in order to show respect for his Black constituents and, really, all Virginia voters.