Democrat Douglas Wilder, who served as Virginia's 66th Governor from 1990 to 1994, unleashed some hard truths about the state of his party as the current gubernatorial race heats up.
As I related to WRVA’s Jeff Katz in a recent interview, the past and present conduct of Ralph Northam, Mark Herring, and Terry McAuliffe raise serious questions about those who are seeking to lead in this year’s statewide elections in VA. https://t.co/1cMpWFWfpM— L. Douglas Wilder (@GovernorWilder) July 6, 2021
Wilder expanded his statement on Facebook (bolding is mine).
The People Deserve Answers
As I related to WRVA’s Jeff Katz in a recent interview, I have been the beneficiary of much that has been done to eliminate the effects of racism in our state and nation.
Sacrifices beyond compare and description were made by those, mostly unnamed, unknown, regardless of race, to promote equality of opportunity and enhance possibilities.
The statewide election this year in Virginia presents questions which require answers from those seeking to lead.
Two years ago, Terry McAuliffe called for all three persons occupying the offices of Governor, Lt. Governor, and Atty. General to resign.
Governor Northam had been shown pictured in his school’s yearbook in “blackface” and subsequent revelations by A.G. Mark Herring acknowledged appearing in “blackface” in 1985.
The media ran the story of two women accusing Lt. Gov. Fairfax of sexual assault, denied by Fairfax, but former Governor, McAuliffe, within minutes thereafter, proclaimed the accusations to be credible.
Today, McAuliffe is asking people to vote for that A.G. who served as his attorney general, and seeks the continuing support of Northam.
No reasons have been given to the voters as to Terry’s change of mind.
Nor has any reason been made why McAuliffe felt compelled to violate Virginia’s long standing precedent by choosing to run again, against persons who had far more experience than he, as he had never held elected office of any kind when he ran.
All of the candidates he opposed except one, were Black, including two women, whom he felt not qualified to be given the chance that he had been given.
At last report, Northam has withdrawn his apology for “blackface.”
Is what Northam and Herring did…alright by any standard?
Is McAuliffe going to tell the voters of the “credible” evidence that he has relative to Fairfax?
Or does this suggest that if you’re a Black person in Virginia, if you’ve got to think about who you are going to vote for then “you ain’t Black.”
What Wilder says is true. As for Northam's walk back of his apology for blackface, it's still not clear he wasn't in the KKK garb.
Today marks three months since Ralph Northam’s yearbook came to light. We never got an explanation about who was in the picture. We never got an explanation about how this ended up on his yearbook page, or his nickname “Coonman.” And he’s still governor.https://t.co/xy8aouhoXn pic.twitter.com/rxA6G2Al82— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 1, 2019