From “Blackface” …To… “Lying Ass” …Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam…Has Democrats All Upset. You See…2020 Is Around The Corner & Democratic White Men In “Blackface” Could Cost Democrats… “Black Votes.”

O.k…yall…  

Governor Ralph Shearer Northam

NORTHRAM! NORTHRAM!  NORTHRAM!  I have been watching the news…& listening to the commentaries…about Virginia Governor Ralph Shearer Northam’s response to a picture, of someone in “black face” & someone else being dressed up in a “Ku Klux Klan robe”  being on his Eastern Virginia Medical School year book page…back in 1984. This is some bold ass shit. When you put a picture in a yearbook…it is being put out there for all the world to see. So, the thought is… “Who gives a damn!” Anyway…

In response to the photo being tossed out there…for the world to see…on Friday, February 1, 2019,  Governor Northam (Democrat), felt he needed to respond.  And, respond he did…  First, he put out the following statement:

For Immediate Release: February 1, 2019
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov

Governor Northam Statement on Offensive Photo

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement today:

“Earlier today, a website published a photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive. 

“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.

“This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.

“I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused. I am ready to do that important work. The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor.”

***end of statement***

And, then…  Evidently, somebody told somebody else…who told Governor Northam, that his weak ass statement wasn’t enough.  Yes…  Blacks…Whites…& even the falling snowflakes, that are usually so graceful & calm… SCREAMED OUT… “RESIGN!  RESIGN!”   The Democrats put a little more back into it…by basically telling Northam… “Pack up your shit & get your dumb ass out of the Governor’s mansion before you ^%$# up our chances of getting back the White House in 2020!!!.”

Soooooo…  What did he do???  He released the following video:

5:35 PM – 1 Feb 2019

And, then…  By the time, last Saturday, 2/2/19, came around…Governor Northam tossed all that shit he told us on the day before…to the wind. Yes…he basically told us on Saturday… “OH, NO! Don’t believe my lying tongue.  When I told you yesterday that…that was me in the “Blackface” picture…I lied.   It was not me.  OH, but by the way, I did dress up in “Blackface” so I could be Michael Jackson in a dance contest.   And, guess what???  I WON!  I WON!  I WON!  I moonwalked the bestest of all.  WHOOPIE!  Oh, but back to the “Blackface” picture thing…  Yeah… I am sti-i-i-i-i-i-l l very sorry…for it not being me…in the picture.”

O.k…

Any thoughts??? 

Well, let me tell you mine… 

When I listened to Governor Northam & watched him…I felt ABSOLUTELY NOTHING from this man… in terms of ANY sincerity…& regret…about the picture.

SHI-I-I-T!!!…  I think Governor Northam would have been more “broken up” about the “Virginia Cavaliers” losing a basketball game.  I really do.

This man is a Politician…through & through…who is giving it the best he’s got…to what??? Save his ass.  That’s it and that’s all.   Do I believe him??? NO!   Why? 

Again, this man lacks sincerity…in the statements he made.   Also, he said that it was on the campaign trail in 2017, that a Black man (I think he called him Shep)…told him why “Blackface” was so offensive to Black folk.  He said that was the first time it really dawned on him how offensive “Blackface” is.   O.k…  Back in 2017, Governor Northam would have been around 57 years old.  Old enough to know got damn well what “Blackface” meant & it’s intrinsic stench…to the noses of Black folk.    This man grew up in the…Virginia south…with all of its history of slavery…the confederacy…KKK… “blah…blah…blah.”   So, don’t you tell me…he didn’t know.   This man is medical doctor.   So…

Monticello Plantation

His little ass…was privy to all kinds of “good ole boy” going-ons  in his community.   With all of the “nigger” jokes…included.  Hell… Monticello is right around the corner…from his ass. I too, have grown up in an environment…where Plantations thrived on the labor of the enslaved…back in the day.   This place is called “the Eastern Shore.” Let’s see… We have the “Wye Plantation” …& the “Wye Heights Plantation” …to name a few. It is the same place Frederick Douglas and Harriet Tubman…were born and enslaved. So… Governor Northam is making me tired with his fake-ass innocence. He needs to take the bullshit, he’s slinging…to someone who doesn’t know how White folk talk…& walk in communities that have such strong echoes of enslavement…all over the damn place.

Now…

The use of “Blackface” by White folk in this country…is no recent phenomena.  And, make no mistake about it…   It wasn’t done as a way to esteem Black folk in any…way…shape or form.   It was a way to degrade…mock…& insult Black folk. To say it added insult to the injury of being kidnapped…enslaved…tortured… & lynched…is putting it mildly.   “Blackface” is used…by White folk for the purpose of trying to perpetuate the illusion…the delusion…that they are “superior” to Black folk.

Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress

The National Museum of African American History and Culture reports… “The first minstrel shows were performed in 1830s New York by white performers with blackened faces (most used burnt cork or shoe polish) and tattered clothing who imitated and mimicked enslaved Africans on Southern plantations. These performances characterized blacks as lazy, ignorant, superstitious, hypersexual, and prone to thievery and cowardice. Thomas Dartmouth Rice, known as the “Father of Minstrelsy,” developed the first popularly known blackface character, “Jim Crow” in 1830. By 1845, the popularity of the minstrel had spawned an entertainment subindustry, manufacturing songs and sheet music, makeup, costumes, as well as a ready-set of stereotypes upon which to build new performances.”

O.k…

Over this past Christmas holiday season, I was watching the TCM (Turner Classic Movie) channel & guest what???   They showed the movie “Holiday Inn” …starring Bing Crosby (Jim Hardy), Fred Astaire (Ted Hanover), Marjorie Reynolds  (Linda Mason),  Virginia Dale (Lila Dixon), Walter Abel (Danny Reed), Louise Beavers (Mamie), Irving Bacon (Gus), Marek Windheim (Francois), James Bell (Dunbar), John Gallaudet (Parker), Shelby Bacon (Vanderbilt), Joan Arnold (Daphne).   This movie was released in 1942 and produced by Paramount Pictures, Inc.    It is a musical that has the actors singing and dancing… “up a storm” …in “Blackface.”  This is the same movie that premiered the Oscar winning song… “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin.    O.k…   Besides the “Blackface” depictions…it brings it all home with even a… “Mamie.”  Yeah…  You know, like the one in “Gone With The Wind.”  Dialect & all.

O.k…   TCM reports that Leonard Maltin (film critic and historian)…gives the movie 3.5 stars out of 4 and says… “Good fun, and snappier than partial remake WHITE CHRISTMAS.”  Mmmmhhh…   He neglects to mention anything about the movie’s use of “Blackface” and other racist…stereotypical images of Black folk. Oh, well…  Maybe next time… “Huh”…Leonard.  Now…

At the time of “Holiday Inn” …Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire…are mega celebrities.  This meant that millions of White folk flocked to see this movie.    The movie’s budget was $ 3,200,000.00 and it grossed $ 8,175,000.00 in the USA.   Box Office Mojo…estimates that the cost for a movie ticket in 1942 to be 27 cents.  So…  There were a lot of damn .27 cents spent back then, to have this movie gross  $ 8,175,000.00.  

So… Millions of folk saw Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire (who they adored)…support & condone the use of these degrading…racist ass “Blackface” movie scenes.  So, what does that do?  It allows other racist hearts to feel v-e-r-y comfortable in laughing at these…(for them)…hysterically funny scenes.  But…

For God…there is nothing funny…here. Nothing at all. He sees this movie as just another tool used to perpetuate darkness…perpetuate evil.  O.k…

Many might say…    But, this was just the times…back then.  This is how folks thought & acted…back then.  First, what the hell does that mean?  To me, it means nothing.  You see… For the Father, evil…is evil…is evil…no matter when it occurs. So…

To try and make White folks less responsible…in 1942…for their racist ass hearts…is lost on me.    They get no pass because it was 1942.   Do you think God gave them a pass because it was 1942?  HELL NO!   You see…here’s the catch.   There is no longer a “cloak” hanging in their closet that gives them a pass.  Meaning???  Meaning…  Jesus had already come and walked as a man…as the example for all of us to follow.  Remember, that was a little over 2000 years ago.  So… The Bible…has been in play for a long damn time…by the time 1942 rolls around. And…

Jesus tells us quite plainly… “22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not have sin. But now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 It was to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without a cause.’” (John 15:22-25)

O.k…  Let’s fast forward to 1984…

Oh, yeah…& like I just said…Jesus, has walked these shores…already. NO EXCUSE! NO EXCUSE!…for Governor Northam…either. O.k…  Let’s fast forward to 2018…

Megyn KellyMegyn Kelly

photo courtesy of CNBC

Besides being a talk show host…she is also a lawyer.   But, guess what???  That didn’t stop her from making ignorant…racist ass statements.   You know… 

What is racist? You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character.”

photo courtesy of history.com

These are the statements that Kelly made, on October 23, 2018, when she defended White folk using “Blackface” as Halloween costumes.   After all the “blowback” came barreling towards her…CBS reported Kelly’s response as… ““I want to begin with two words: I’m sorry.” She admitted that she defended blackface costumes on Tuesday and continued, “I learned that given the history of blackface being used in awful ways in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise. I have never been a PC kind of person but I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity. This past year has been so painful for many people of color. The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too.“” 

photo courtesy of US Library of Congress

Did you see what I saw?   Kelly said… “I learned that given the history of blackface being used in awful ways in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise.” The operative terms being… “I learned.” She’s acting like she just found out about the offensive…racist nature of using “Blackface.” O.k…   At the time that this woman made the statements defending the use of “Blackface,” she was 47 years old.   You tell me…. How do you get to be that damn old…in this country…without knowing about this country’s racist ass history???   This is willful ignorance.  You know… The kind where you don’t WANT to see the truth…because the truth is that White folk did some unthinkable…horrendous shit…for a long damn time.    Shit that even made the Heavenly Angels…shudder.  So much for being civilized… “Huh?”

Anyway…

photo courtesy of MSNBC

Now, Virginia’s Attorney General, Mark R. Herring (Democrat),  has joined the “I wore ‘Blackface’ …too…club.” OH, MY GOODNESS!  Like termites…they are basically coming out of the woodwork.    Herring acknowledged on Wednesday that he wore “Blackface” at a party…as an undergraduate student.

So…

Here’s what we need to do.  We need to stop this trickle…trickle…trickle…drop…drop…drop shit.  So… I propose that we ask all who are holding political office…in this country…to R-A-I-S-E their hand if they have ever dressed up in “Blackface.”   Now, if you raise your hand and you are not 5 years of age…or below…then, your ass has got to go.   That’s right! YOUR ASS HAS GOT TO GO!

So, when Governor Northam says to us… “ I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now” …we pull a David Spade from Saturday Night Live…& respond… “Governor Northam, Buh Bye.

Iris R. Whiting ©

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