Just weeks after Big League Politics exposed Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam as a racist, the embattled public servant was rejected from Virginia Union University, where he was scheduled to appear for the first stop on his “listening tour” to atone for his racist past.
“Student Government Association President Jamon Phenix penned a letter addressed to Gov. Northam demanding he back out of the event, explaining that the students ‘feel as though your presence takes away from the historical significance of our commemoration,'” said a VICE report.
VUU is a historically black university. Northam heeded the demands of the VUU student body.
According to the report, the Governor was invited to the school later this year for a “roundtable discussion.”
“There was no real reconciliation. If he was to attend, he would not be on the platform and he would not have said anything. Where’s the reconciliation inside of just a presence?” Phenix reportedly told VICE.
Northam has refused to resign, despite calls from multiple high-level Democratic lawmakers and groups. Over the weekend, the Democratic Governor’s Association and the NAACP both re-upped their calls for Northam’s resignation.
Still, the Governor hangs on by a thread.
His lieutenant, Justin Fairfax, stands accused of rape by two women, charges which he vehemently denies. Fairfax has also refused to resign, and the #BelieveAllWomen crowd has been noticeably less supportive of his accusers than they were of the accusers of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Attorney General Mark Herring, who called for Northam to resign when the original blackface/KKK robe photos were published, later admitted to wearing blackface himself. He has ceased his calls for Northam’s resignation, and has not resigned either.
For Northam, the soul train derailed before its first stop. Despite that, it rolls onward.
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