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B’rer Ralph’s Blackface Picture

Well, would you look at that! Infanticide-defending Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has a little problem. That’s a still from his 1984 med school yearbook. It is not clear which of the two pictured, if either, are Northam. Says the Washington Post:

A spokeswoman for the governor did not have an immediate response.

I bet she didn’t!

This was inexcusable, even in 1984, and Northam should apologize profusely, and that should be the end of it. It will be interesting to see how the Left responds. These are the people who destroyed Megyn Kelly’s career at NBC last year because she voiced faint sympathy for people who have costumed in blackface. Watch, though, how they rally to defend the Democratic governor who emerged this week as such a staunch proponent of abortion rights that he openly defended infanticide:

Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam defended the bill in an interview to radio station WTOP.

The paediatric neurologist said the measure allowed termination “in cases where there may be severe deformities” or when there is a “foetus that’s not viable” outside the womb.

“So in this particular example, if a mother’s in labour, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” he told WTOP’s Ask the Governor programme Wednesday.

“The infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Has anybody heard yet from Nina Burleigh, the journalist who, in 1998, said “I’d be happy to give [Bill Clinton] a blow job just to thank him for keeping abortion legal”? She’ll be like, “I’d be happy to go down on one knee and sing ‘Mammy’ at the Gridiron Show to thank Ralph for keeping post-birth abortion legal.”

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIaj7FNHnjQ]

UPDATE: Well, I was away from the keys for a few hours, and I see that lots of Democrats have called on Northam to resign. I’m genuinely surprised. Things have changed since the Clinton days, I guess. I thought his hard line on abortion would save his job.

It really is hard for me to understand how an intelligent white person, especially in 1984, would think it funny to dress up in blackface or as a Klansman. I was in high school in 1984, in the Deep South, in a non-progressive part of America, and I don’t think anything as disgusting as that would have remotely occurred to any of us. I’m willing to give liberals and conservatives both the benefit of the doubt for stupid mistakes they made in youth. People can and do change. And I think it’s a bad idea to troll people’s yearbooks looking for evidence of transgression. Still, what would be extremely questionable at best in 1964 is mind-boggling in 1984.

UPDATE.2: Heh:


UPDATE.3: Ah, so here’s why it’s so easy for Democrats to toss Northam overboard:


It would be very interesting to see how they would react if the Lieutenant Governor were a conservative Republican.

By the way, this has not aged well:


about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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