Thursday, February 28, 2019
Northam’s Wife Handed Cotton To Black Students, Asked Them To Imagine Being Slaves
Virginia first lady Pam Northam is under fire for allegedly handing cotton to African American students during a recent tour of the governor’s mansion, according to a report from The Washington Post.
A state employee complained that the wife of embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam reportedly handed the students cotton and asked them "if they could imagine what it must have been like to pick cotton all day."
Leah Dozier Walker, an official in the state Department of Education, said that the incident demonstrates that the Northams haven't learned from past actions.
"The Governor and Mrs. Northam have asked the residents of the Commonwealth to forgive them for their racially insensitive past actions," Walker said. "But the actions of Mrs. Northam, just last week, don't lead me to believe that this Governor’s office has taken seriously the harm and hurt they have caused African Americans in Virginia or that they're deserving of our forgiveness."
Governor Northam has withstood bipartisan calls for his resignation for nearly a month after a photo surfaced in Northam’s medical school yearbook page with one man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan uniform and another sporting blackface. After initially admitting to being in the photo, Northam now maintains that neither of the men pictured are him.
Northam has pledged to spend the rest of his governorship promoting civil rights and recently announced a "reconciliation tour."
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