Virginia’s first lady is under fire for an extremely racist act.
A Virginia state employee complained that her 8th grade daughter came home with her hands full of raw cotton.
She told her mother that they handed out raw cotton to the kids at school during a tour of the historic governor’s residence.
Leah Dozier Walker, who oversees the Office of Equity and Community Engagement at the state Education Department, wrote to lawmakers and the office of Gov. Ralph Northam on February 25th saying:
“The Governor and Mrs. Northam have asked the residents of the Commonwealth to forgive them for their racially insensitive past actions”
She continued saying,
“But the actions of Mrs. Northam, just last week, do not lead me to believe that this Governor’s office has taken seriously the harm and hurt they have caused African-Americans in Virginia or that they are deserving of our forgiveness,”
Pam Northam said she handed out the raw Cotton to the students because she wanted them to imagine being a slave and having to pick cotton. She says she did this as a mental exercise so they can know how bad it must’ve been.
In a statement emailed by the governor’s spokeswoman Ofirah Yheskel, sent on Wednesday, Pam Northam said:
“I regret that I have upset anyone”
All of the state’s top Democrats — including the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus — have called on Northam to step down.
On February 1st, a picture of the Northam came out from his 1984 medical school yearbook page that depicted one person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan robes.
He did not make clear whether he was the one in blackface, or the one in the Ku Klux Klan robes.