Hanover Black Caucus: Don’t Resign, Gov. Northam.

Sandra Howard

The Black Caucus of the Hanover Democratic Committee met and discussed our state and the serious problems hanging in the balance in Virginia.

First, let us respect each person’s right to have an opinion. Therefore our unanimous decision is that we will not protest against Gov. Ralph Northam.

This blackface mess has been acceptable behavior in America for many years by many in the mainstream. Just look around as you turn into many driveways and see blackface statues.

We have a president who last year called Haiti and African countries s_ _thole nations yet no one called for his resignation. There were no protest signs.

In 2015 in Virginia in our House of Delegates, Del. Buddy Fowler of the 55th District put his spin on a solution to the protests in Baltimore where black people were protesting the murder of Freddie Gray. On his Facebook page, Fowler showed a snarling police dog; the post said, ‘Go ahead and run. He likes fast food.’ No one called for Del. Fowler’s resignation. Not a single word was said. How could you as a paid representative for all people in Virginia demoralize any human being by wanting to cause them physical harm?

We read the caption in Northam’s yearbook, and there was no reference to anything racial. As a matter of fact, it referenced drunks, old doctors and having another beer. We feel it was more theatrical than anything. And if he was a racist, we believe he has changed. We all grow and see the error of our ways. Gov. Northam has done a good job for Virginia in a short time.

We need to wake up and smell the coffee and remember, if we lose all we have, Republicans will take Virginia over. We truly do not want that. Republicans stick together and we need to learn to do the same. Sometimes we just move too fast.”

Above all, where is the school’s accountability in this mess? Someone had to pass it. We came to the conclusion, how can you fire the student without firing the teacher?

We feel that Ralph Northam should resign only when Donald Trump and Buddy Fowler resign.

Sandra Howard, Chair                                                             

Black Caucus of the Hanover Democratic Committee