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Thursday, February 07, 2019

A Virginia Military Institute yearbook overseen by future state Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment in 1968 features a host of racist photos and slurs, including blackface. The revelation about one of Virginia's most powerful Republicans comes as the state's Democratic governor and attorney general are facing calls to resign over their own admissions they wore blackface as young men.

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#1 | Posted by Tor at 2019-02-07 01:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


This will get worse before it gets better.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-07 01:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Tell me again how the Republicans got rid of all the racists and hypocrites.

What's that? Never?

#3 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-02-07 02:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

As I just posted in another thread:

Someone should probably check the yearbooks of all politicians.

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-07 02:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Someone should probably check the yearbooks of all politicians.

#4 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

Why stop there? We should be delving into the childhood of all politicians. Heck, some pol might have dressed up as Speedy Gonzales for Halloween when he was in 5th grade.

#5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-07 02:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

Since this whole thing started I have said the same thing. We need to evaluate these politicians by their actions as politicians not by every stupid thing they did as young people. People do stupid stuff when they are young. They shouldn't have to lose their careers because of some dumb thing they did 25 years ago.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-07 02:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It's a rare day indeed that I find myself agreeing with so many of Danni's posts.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-07 02:15 PM | Reply

"Someone should probably check the yearbooks of all politicians."

How about we stop doxing youths?

Unless there's evidence of say rape or murder why go after people for things they did decades ago?

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2019-02-07 02:15 PM | Reply

"We should be delving into the childhood of all politicians"

Good idea

we just trust them with our future security and well being, is all

who better to fully vet

#9 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-02-07 02:15 PM | Reply

youth is no excuse for bad manners and poor behavior

you grandmother understood this

#10 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-02-07 02:16 PM | Reply

I think we should check the yearbooks of all politicians, and then we should have an honest conversation about the history of racism in this country. OTOH, Norment's being the yearbook's editor is damning. OTOH, it was 1968. Is there a statue of limitations on these kinds of stories? I don't know.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-07 02:16 PM | Reply

"Heck, some pol might have dressed up as Speedy Gonzales for Halloween when he was in 5th grade."

What someone dressed up as in the fifth grade is more a reflection on that 10 year old's parents than on the child.

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-07 02:18 PM | Reply

"They shouldn't have to lose their careers because of some dumb thing they did 25 years ago"

funny this is, that is exactly the position of the "right", up to now

remember the outrage from the "right" allowing felons to vote, you know, kids who did dumb stuff 25 years ago.

#13 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-02-07 02:19 PM | Reply

"remember the outrage from the "right" allowing felons to vote, you know, kids who did dumb stuff 25 years ago."

Here in Florida we had a referendum on giving felons who have served their sentenced back their right to vote. It passed with 70% of the electorate but the Republicans in Tallahassee are trying to overturn the will of the majority as usual. So many young people lived within a bubble when they were young but changed dramatically when they left that bubble and entered the real world. To me it's just not fair to judge a person's life or their beliefs by some stupid thing they did in that bubble.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-07 02:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

When I was in third grade some of the boys loved to kick up our skirts, are we going to label them as sex offenders today?

#15 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-07 02:32 PM | Reply

racism is no bubble

there is no excuse

especially when there are so many demanding we talk about the "progress" made, (H/T Jeffyj).

#16 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-02-07 02:37 PM | Reply

"are we going to label them as sex offenders today"

depends

did they cover your mouth so you couldn't scream?

#17 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-02-07 02:39 PM | Reply

"are we going to label them as sex offenders today"

was the intent to humiliate you, your ethnicity or otherwise cheapen your existence and importance

#18 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-02-07 02:41 PM | Reply

"was the intent to humiliate you, your ethnicity or otherwise cheapen your existence and importance"

She specified they were third graders.

Are you saying third graders should be on an offender list?

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2019-02-07 02:52 PM | Reply

What someone dressed up as in the fifth grade is more a reflection on that 10 year old's parents than on the child.

#12 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

I'm not so sure of that. Speedy Gonzales is a cartoon character (Merrie Melodies - Bugg's Bunny franchise). Any kid growing up in the 70's and 80's who watched that cartoon could come up with the costume idea all on their own.

I was going with the same premise that Danni used in #15.

#20 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-07 02:55 PM | Reply

Nope

just pointing out the asinine comparison of someone purposely and mean-spirited humiliating others and kids being just kids.

no one is being persecuted for a 3rd grade goosing

what is happing is that those who now pretend to represent the "people" are being exposed for willfully engaging in acts meant to humiliate "people".

#21 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-02-07 03:02 PM | Reply

Do they have any photos of a bloated child rapist discriminating against black renters?

#22 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2019-02-07 08:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"racism is no bubble
there is no excuse"

Actually there is a very real excuse. How they were raised largely determined their beliefs when they were young. Later in life they developed their own set of beliefs so I don't go around judging folks on what they did 25 years ago. I judge them on how they have actually lived their adult lives. I grew up in a very racist environment but I doubt that most of my classmates clung to their racist views when they grew up.
As Sen. Rob Porter discovered about his views on gays, when it is someone close to you then you reconsider your position, same is true about racial bigotry.

#23 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-08 06:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Do they have any photos of a bloated child rapist discriminating against black renters?"

Exactly. If you can support Donald Trump then you lose the right to ever criticize anyone else's racist past.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-08 06:45 AM | Reply

This is a topic we choose to concentrate on. Of all the issues we face today, we can only concentrate on so many at a time. And this topic takes up precious space that should be used for much, much more important problems. Although I disagree the actions of anyone dressing in blackface is racist (it's offensive), even if the rest of society wants to claim it is racist, it is still extremely low on the racist issues list that to even get people riled up about it is wasting everyone's time.

#25 | Posted by humtake at 2019-02-08 12:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

This is exemplary of how the South can seem less racist because people are open about it, they don't try to paper over it like in the north.

#26 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-08 01:02 PM | Reply

It's almost like America is undergoing
a "Cultural Revolution" like they had in China during the 60's and 70's.

I ponder sometimes that humanity's not really heading linear towards some great futuristic paradise. I think maybe we just go around in circles. We just start over every 10,000 years or until go extinct.

I hope I'm wrong though.

#27 | Posted by shane at 2019-02-09 02:38 PM | Reply

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