First, I feel sorry for Governor Northam. He’s not another Trumpite, or anything resembling such. He may in fact be a racist, but, if he is, he’s likely no more racist than the rest of us lily-white folks. Question: You’re white and your 4-year-old daughter has been hit by a car. She needs immediate brain surgery. There are three surgeons available: One white, one brown, and one black. You have to choose NOW! Which one do you choose?
Second: Is being racist a fundamental error of choice; immoral by definition; or is it part of the natural order of things? In fact, our very survival depends on our being racist on a fundamental level, does it not? I’m talking here about our immune system, which is based on our entire corpus being fundamentally prejudiced against/hateful toward anything that isn’t one of us.
Third: Given the circumstances of Governor Northam’s black-face/white-hood transgression, which occurred 35 years ago, and is apparently not part of a pattern of any kind, and given the ethos of forgiveness and redemption that is supposed to be the bedrock of Christianity, should not Governor Northam be extended a second chance? If not, then isn’t modern-day Christianity simply a mockery of itself, pure and simple?
Fourth: There are strong odors of political correctness, Democratic cowardice, and right-wing mean-spiritedness here. I’m reminded of why most of us out here in the hinterland would never run for public office. Fahgitaboutit.