Gov. Northam Should Not Resign

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Dear Editor:
A white girlfriend asked me (an African-American woman) what I thought about the Gov. Northam situation. I told her that I’m tired of all the mudslinging.
An African-American male said that he would have been okay if the governor had just apologized but was undone by the fact that he changed his story. I heard from an out of state friend that he “handled it poorly.”
Still I thought how easy it is to politically manipulate a populace. Like lambs to slaughter, the trap was set and in we ran.
The yearbook’s been around for 34 years but only emerges after the election. Was it okay for Gov. Northam to be “racist” until now? Clearly, he has stepped upon some toes, and what better way to attack with than a hot issue like racism? If whites don’t respond they’re “complicit,” if black folks don’t respond they’ve sold out. But I would bet, whoever proffered that yearbook doesn’t give a rat’s backside about African-Americans. But what a clever ploy—divide and conquer—it almost never fails because we go for it every time.
I would be more impressed if someone could explicitly point out polices, past and present, that demonstrate the governor’s racism. People can and do change. We elected the 2018 Ralph Northam.
When I think of Gov. Northam, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” come to mind. But where is his angel? Who is going to save us? Are we, the voters, to be disenfranchised in an obvious power play for control of our state?
That photograph is stunning in its distastefulness; a perfect foil for this attack which, while aimed at Gov. Northam, he’s not its only target—what about the voters’ interests. The concurrent sexual assault allegation against Lt. Gov. Fairfax makes the debacle appear a bit too contrived.
The yearbook is meant to incite as there is NO indictable offense. The governor should not resign unless he is embarrassed to be surrounded by the easily duped.
Malaika Mitchell, Keller

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