I was raised in Virginia and was in college in 1984. I lived the experience of fraternities as well.
Virginia has a reputation and rightly so. Virginia can be a racist place. I know as I experienced and witnessed it then. I still witness it when I return there to visit family today.
Racism is wrong. I didn’t realize how racist the culture of my upbringing in that state was until I left.
Virginia is steeped in American history. Virginia is proud if it’s history. Virginia is also slow to change. Virginia is often blind to its own faults.
Racism is a blind spot that Virginia unfortunately has.
Is everyone in Virginia racist? Hell no. But racism was alive there in 1984 and still is alive there today.
Did we Virginians know blackface and KKK robes were racist back in 1984? Hell yes we did.
Did the current governor of Virginia make a mistake in 1984? Yes he did. Should that mistake alone of childish behavior then end his career today? Maybe not depending on his reaction and his amending of his ways since.
However his reaction, denial and lame attempt at the unauthentic apology is as childish, shameful, disgusting, and as racist, as his irresponsible immature 1984 collegiate behavior. In my opinion his insensitive and insincere reactions, not even considering the appalling personal yearbook page revelations, completely disqualify him from any ability to lead or govern.
The Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, must resign now.