The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus had been one of the first organizations to call for disgraced Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to vacate his office after a blackface yearbook scandal rocked the state’s politics.
However, on Thursday, the group released a press release making it clear their demands for resignation don’t apply to two other senior Commonwealth government officials, one of whom has admitted to appearing in blackface, just like Northam’s yearbook picture.
The VLBC reaffirmed their call for Northam’s resignation, while declining to make a similar demand of Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax or Attorney General Mark Herring. All three are engulfed in serious scandals and facing calls to leave office.
Fairfax is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. The VLBC press release calls for the allegation to be “fully and thoroughly investigated by the appropriate agencies,” while stating that Fairfax “must receive the due process prescribed by the Constitution.”
Herring, in an ironic twist of fate, himself admitted to appearing in blackface at a college party- after calling for Northam’s resignation.
Yet, the VLBC press release states they’re waiting for “further action on his part to reassure the citizens of the Commonwealth of his fitness for leadership.”
What changed in between the VLBC’s call for Northam’s resignation and the differing response to Mark Herring’s blackface scandal?
Herring even admitted personally to wearing blackface, while Northam still hasn’t been conclusively proven to be one of the people depicted in the scandalous photo of a man wearing blackface and another wearing a KKK robe. (He initially admitted to being one of the costumed individuals, before changing his story and claiming that he was neither.)
The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus seemingly disproportional reaction to blackface and sexual assault scandals raises more questions than answers.
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Students Sue School District After Being Punished for ‘Racist’ Banter in Private Snapchat Group
A witch hunt was started against the students for alleged racism.
A group of students has filed a free speech lawsuit in Saline, Mich. alleging that their civil rights were violated by school administrators who punished them for their banter in a private Snapchat group.
The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in U.S. District Court in Detroit on behalf of four anonymous students, who were punished by the school district following a hysteria regarding racism after they sent joking messages in a chat room. The lawsuit alleges that two students were suspended as a result of their out-of-school speech while two others have been recommended for expulsion.
“The school is acting outside the scope of its authority, has no legal right to impose the discipline carried out, and has violated our clients’ constitutional rights by their reckless and hasty rush to judgment,” lawyer David A. Kallman, the attorney for the children, said in a statement.
The lawsuit claims that the school district has no jurisdiction to punish the children based on messages sent from their “homes, privately owned phones, on a non-school day.”
The students want the district to admit in a declaration that their actions were an infringement upon the students’ 1st Amendment rights. They also want the school district to formalize changes to their rules so other students’ rights are not similarly violated and for the students’ records and transcripts to be completely expunged moving forward.
Saline Superintendent Scot Graden called the private Snapchat postings that were brought to his attention “an act of racism that created harm to all of our students, especially students of color.” Kallman believes that he overreacted and took the messages out of their proper context.
“African-American and Caucasian children were using inappropriate and offensive language in a joking manner and in the context of immature banter among friends,” Kallman said in his news release about the case.
“The conversation did not occur at the school, at a school event, or on any school equipment. While all the children are embarrassed by their language, it does not justify the school’s rush to judgment and overreaction,” he added.
Kallman believes that this is a matter for parents to deal with and out of the jurisdiction of public school bureaucrats who want to push their left-wing values onto students.
“If a child gets stopped for drunk driving on a Saturday night, does the school have the right to expel that student? The answer is obvious. No,” Kallman wrote. “The conversation of these children had nothing to do with the school. It has no authority to discipline students for out of school misbehavior.”
Graden, the Saline Area Schools Board of Education, Assistant Superintendent Steve Laatsch, Saline High School Principal David Raft, Saline High School Assistant Principal and football coach Joe Palka, Assistant Principal Theresa Stager, Director of Student Services Molly Garcia, and Assistant Principal Kirk Evenson are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
A Saline high school football player released a threatening video in the midst of the controversy warning all those who support free speech that they are “outnumbered.” It has since become a rallying cry for the social justice warriors in the city to impose their anti-constitutional agenda.
“From all the people that believe in change to all the people who don’t: You’re outnumbered,” the student said in his video address.
The lawsuit hopes to push back against the diversity and tolerance mob and achieve a victory for the 1st Amendment against a leftist-dominated school system that is notoriously hostile to constitutional principles.
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