As if it was wasn't bad enough to witness Governor Ralph Northam become embattled in racist antics of his past in the 'Old Dominion' - the State of Virginia, but to also have Attorney General Mark Herring, another Democrat, admit to his voluntary exercise in the wearing of similar images of hate, all certainly underscore the toxicity of hate back then and still today, in Virginia, which state capitol, Richmond, doubled as a capital of the racist confederacy.
Last Saturday, Northam admitted to images in his medical school yearbook depicting himself in 'blackface' and along side a character in a white hood, symbolic of the 'Klan' that has run rampant throughout Virginia and southern states for decades. Northam then denied he was the person shown. Calls have been made for his resignation. This week, another Democrat, attorney general Herring, admitted that he too posed in 'blackface' back in the 1980s.
The reality of the association of both Northam and Herring being connected to images of hate in Virginia are stark, yet plausible because the 'Old Dominion' has had a rancid history of hate, including lynchings and exclusions on people of different races cohabiting. The depiction to mock and to demean Black people by painting 'blackface', was one of many actions perpetrated by segregationist racists.
But the cases of Northam and Herring are both very surprising because they had succeeded in passing themselves off as genuine democrats and had won major elections on more progressive than conservative platforms. Whether or not either man will resign is left to be seen. But both are now toxic and tainted politically to the Democratic Party of both Virginia and the Democratic National Committee.
Virginia's truth of its racist past surfacing in the present to engulf the highest and third highest ranking state officials, poses a deep concern as to the general fairness and inclusiveness of the 'Old Dominion' - another stark reality of the current times.