Despite major civil rights legislations in the 1960s, advancements in race relations, housing, education and integration, the United States (US) continues to battle a reality of bad race relations. Black Americans continue to be victims of a highly developed economic system that they have made possible with sweat and blood via many years of slavery and segregation, but continue to be denied full rights and benefits of equality because of mere skin color.
The strange political crisis playing out in the US State of Virginia, is but another example of America's racist blight. Background: three politicians - two white and one black facing backlash over prior transgressions - two cases of racist actions have been confirmed by the white politicians - Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring. Northam admitted and then denied the racist 'blackface' and hood entry into his medical school yearbook back in the 1980s. Herring voluntarily admitted to his 'blackface' portrayal back in 1980. Both men have not resigned their positions despite calls that they resign.
On the other hand, there is the dilemma of black Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, the politician next in line to become governor, should Northam resign. But Fairfax in not without baggage: he is accused of sexual misconduct against a woman 15-years-ago. And as if that was not bad enough, another woman has accused the next in line to the governorship of the 'Old Dominion', of another case of sexual misconduct while he was at college many years ago.
While Fairfax has denied any wrongdoing to allegations dating back more than 15-years, both accusations are serious. Yet, they remain startling in that the allegations have surfaced only recently as it appeared that Fairfar might ascend to the governorship of the 'Old Dominion', a possibility of becoming only the second black man to head the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Most interesting and a tell-tale affirmation of the racist component of the 'Old Dominion', has been the absence of talk to impeach either Northam or Herring, but a publicized effort to begin impeachment proceedings tomorrow against Fairfax from white democrat, Patrick Hope, a delegate representing the DC-suburb of Arlington. Hope believes the sexual accusations against Fairfax are greater than the racist doings of the governor and the attorney general.
Thus, Virginia's version of weighing racism against accusations of sexual misconduct, will decide the present trend of fate and of race relations in the 'Old Dominion'.