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"Dumb." "Wrong." "Stupid." "One silly thing." "Years ago." "Whomst among us." (Original Post) WhiskeyGrinder Feb 2019 OP
Yep. TDale313 Feb 2019 #1
Yes, racist. AND dumb, stupid, foolish, etc. But yes, also YEARS ago. MANY years ago. So it LBM20 Feb 2019 #2
yes indeed. n/t snpsmom Feb 2019 #3
Totally agree. Were he standing next to the blackface or jrthin Feb 2019 #4
This was last week irisblue Feb 2019 #5
I agree that it was racist. BlueStater Feb 2019 #6
I don't think anyone isn't acknowledging it was racist uponit7771 Feb 2019 #7
His 'reason' was awful....I mean really. He should of come fully clean - repent...go into it a UniteFightBack Feb 2019 #8
I'm about the same age as Northam. yardwork Feb 2019 #9
Well, he voted for Bush and Cheney twice so I'd say he hasn't changed much. jalan48 Feb 2019 #10
Well ffs. yardwork Feb 2019 #11
By all accounts he really is a good man underpants Feb 2019 #12
I knew that in 2nd grade and I'm 64. akraven Feb 2019 #13

TDale313

(7,820 posts)
1. Yep.
Fri Feb 1, 2019, 09:54 PM
Feb 2019

also, the nickname Coonman. And he’s admitted it was him. This was not so long ago that a mid-20s Med school student would not have been aware this was racist af.

 

LBM20

(1,580 posts)
2. Yes, racist. AND dumb, stupid, foolish, etc. But yes, also YEARS ago. MANY years ago. So it
Fri Feb 1, 2019, 09:56 PM
Feb 2019

doesn't mean that it should define the man's entire life nor his life today. Let's be FAIR. People make mistakes and people change.

jrthin

(4,807 posts)
4. Totally agree. Were he standing next to the blackface or
Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:01 PM
Feb 2019

the ku klux klan person, I'd have a headache as to his poor choice. But, he's either in the blackface or ku klux klan outfit. That is just unacceptable. And it saddens me that people on this site are saying that this was years ago and it's forgivable. Well, it's not.

BlueStater

(7,596 posts)
6. I agree that it was racist.
Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:07 PM
Feb 2019

The question is has he exhibited any signs that he's a racist throughout his political career? Not from what I can tell.

https://wtkr.com/2018/08/24/gov-northam-honors-historic-african-american-cemetery-in-hampton/

People CAN change and become better. I'm not even referring to just Northam specifically. And when they do change and prove themselves to be better human beings, I feel that we should forgive them and not hold the people they used to be against them for the rest of their lives.

Northam should probably resign, but that doesn't mean I think people should forever dismiss him as a racist for who he was 35 years ago and never take into account who he is in the present.

 

UniteFightBack

(8,231 posts)
8. His 'reason' was awful....I mean really. He should of come fully clean - repent...go into it a
Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:10 PM
Feb 2019

little more...express deep regret...blah blah blah. I mean DUH. He's gotta go.

yardwork

(61,204 posts)
9. I'm about the same age as Northam.
Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:13 PM
Feb 2019

In my college yearbook there were photos of fraternity boys wearing Confederate uniforms. It was a thing at the time. This particular fraternity had a Confederate Ball or some damn thing every year.

I didn't participate. Nobody I knew would have dreamed of participating.

Those were Confederate uniforms. I can't imagine anybody dressing up in minstrel blackface or in a klan costume, even in the late 70s or early 80s. It would have been considered extremely racist then.

I don't know much about Northam. Maybe he has changed a lot. Maybe he's no longer incredibly insensitive, privileged, and racist. He certainly was all those things in 1984.

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