Ralph Northam’s alpha mater spent $368,000 investigating the infamous blackface photo he appeared in, but still can’t definitely conclude that he was the individual wearing the racially charged costume.
East Virginia Medical School originally published the photo in their class of 1984 yearbook. The photo created a massive controversy surrounding Virginia Governor Ralph Northam when it was published by Big League Politics. Northam originally took responsibility for appearing in blackface, only to double back and claim he merely appeared on the same page of the yearbook.
A Freedom of Investigation Act request has revealed that EVMS began a lengthy investigation into the photo shortly after it was exposed. The Norfolk public school contracted a law firm called McGuire-Woods.
The law firm released a 55-page report detailing their conclusions, but didn’t definitively determine who exactly was in the blackface photo. It appears that EVMS is now obligated to pay the lawyers a whopping $368k for nothing at all, still left in the dark as to who appeared in blackface and the KKK costume.
It’s doubtful that even the fanciest and prestigious of Washington D.C law firms can nail down the concrete identities of people who appeared in yearbook prank photos from 20 or 30 years ago. But EVMS’s investigation could set a very profitable precedent for lawyers who want to seek work launching comprehensive investigations into something they can’t deliver on.
Meanwhile, Northam inexplicably continues to squat in office almost a year after admitting he wore blackface in a college yearbook photo. The Democrat has since adopted a consistent set of pro-diversity talking points, ignoring the reality that he’s far from qualified to do so.
Canada’s Justin Trudeau may want to seek advice from Northam, should he hope to weather his own blackface photo controversy.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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