//A few words about Governor Northam

A few words about Governor Northam

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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.


2019-02-06T19:42:29+00:00February 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|7 Comments


  1. Barry Cook February 7, 2019 at 2:11 am - Reply

    Let she who is without sin cast the first stone. Regretfully, most of us have sinned in moments of shared foolishness or impairment – and some of us have sinned more blatantly and more consistently. Add to this the brazenness, ambition smd puffery which accompany running for public office – and the Venn diagram makes for very few in the spotlight who are spotless.

    Yes, we deserve better – especially those who have been enslaved or exploited – but that’s a tall order.

    And the social fabric is always introducing new fashions and discarding (and shaming) old fashions. Live long enough, and you will have a history that becomes embarrassing.

    This is not meant to excuse bad behavior as if there were a statute of limitations on boorishness, racism or sexual predation. But before you cast that first stone …

  2. Matt Fitzgerald February 6, 2019 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    In high school I was kicked out of a party for telling racist jokes. I didn’t think of myself as a racist at the time, but I look back on my behavior with deep shame. Still, if someone else who’d witnessed it were to expose it publicly today, I would feel strongly compelled to defend myself to an extent. These are thorny matters.

  3. Josh February 6, 2019 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Seared into my memory forever is Rodney King’s press conference during the height of the Los Angeles riots following the acquittal of the police offers who beat him so savagely. It was a strikingly sincere plea for calm from the man who was brutalized and who would receive no justice. I remember only one specific thing that he said, which was his famous question, “Can’t we all just get along?” I wept with those words, for the obvious and tragic answer is “No.”

  4. Barnaby February 6, 2019 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    I’d invite you to step outside the white perspective and ask if blacks in Virginia have the right to be represented by someone who didn’t play with images of their horrific degradation and torture, and isn’t now responding to its public discovery with mealy-mouthed bullshit.

    The Old South is alive and well in Virginia, as we learned when a woman was murdered by a white supremacist last year. And I lived in Virginia when they still celebrated “Lee, Jackson, and King Day.” Unwilling to tolerate Martin Luther King Day on its own terms, the state legislature appended a mockery of the very best of America in a gesture of pure ugly racist mean-spiritedness.

    I see nothing cowardly about asking and demanding, for the love of god, to have SOME standards for our highest offices.

    • Josh February 6, 2019 at 6:40 pm - Reply


    • TomF February 7, 2019 at 12:17 am - Reply

      Luv it when you join in. Yours is a strong voice.

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