Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam apparently has told his staff he won’t resign. The alternative has grown more problematic, because
Between rape allegations and links of varying degrees to blackface episodes decades ago, Northam standing pat and attempting atonement might be the best course of action for the leadership of Virginia. Fairfax is another matter. Calls for his resignation are growing.
I confess surprise in reviewing my freshman yearbook from a college in Virginia NOT to find a blackface photo. One photo did seem to reflect a redface costume, equally objectionable if I see it right. I don’t need a yearbook to recall plenty of overt racism then and, maybe more important, right now in Arkansas and everywhere.
Laurence Tribe, the legal scholar, got it right:
What a world — in which a high official admittedly guilty of racist conduct is shielded from growing calls for resignation by credible accusations of rape against the guy in line to replace him if he steps down, and by a confession of racist conduct by the second-in-line. Aarrgh!
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) February 8, 2019