With the political world gripped by scandal, the now infamous blackface photos posted by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey once again find themselves relevant as two Virginia officials, Democrat Governor Ralph Northam and Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring, find themselves embroiled in their own blackface controversies.
Dorsey tweeted “Adam bought a durag and $40 worth of makeup: costume complete” on October 31 of 2006, and late last year Twitter users found the photo Dorsey seemingly referred to and juxtaposed the image next to the tweet, revealing an overtly racist sentiment.
— 🤖NERD CITY💀 (@nerdcity) December 9, 2018
Many have criticized media coverage of Northam and Herring because the blackface photos were taken in separate college parties in the early 1980s, 30 years ago. Dorsey’s photo is only 13 years old, when wearing blackface was already well accepted to be a racist mockery of African Americans.
Another Dorsey tweet that began to circulate Sunday morning appears to match up to an old picture of him with a white man who is wearing a durag and makeup that some are calling blackface.
The tweet suggests that Dorsey himself was involved in the creation of this “costume.”
“Adam bought a durag and $40 worth of makeup: costume complete,” Dorsey wrote.
Dorsey also came under fire for a previous tweet, in which he disparagingly referred to a trans woman as a “transvestite” and remarked about the experience of sitting next to her for five hours.
Sat next to a transvestite who immediately ordered a vodka lemonade. Interesting 5 hours.
— jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) October 7, 2006
While the Attorney General of Virginia resigned from his position as co-chair of the Democratic Attorneys General of America (DAGA), and Northam receives escalating calls for his immediate resignation, Dorsey has seemingly escaped all controversy regarding his tweet and the resurfaced image.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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