Northam Finds Salvation in Victimhood-and-Grievance Agenda

Funny how things worked out. Democratic Party cries for Ralph Northam’s resignation during the blackface scandal have diminished to a barely audible murmur. Now the establishment media is taking notice of the fact, stating out loud what everyone knows: The scandal has passed. Northam is off the hook. Virginia’s governor has purchased absolution by advancing the racial agenda of the party’s progressive wing.

As the Wall Street Journal notes today in its national news coverage, Northam recently vetoed two mandatory-minimum sentencing bills he claimed would disproportionately affect African-Americans, created a director-of-diversity position, and launched a review of how public schools address black history. And that’s just the headline news. Of greater import, his appointees are injecting progressive priorities into the public school system.

I don’t doubt that the outrage of Democrats, liberals and progressives over Northam’s blackface offense was genuine at the time. But at the end of the day, power trumps outrage. By threatening Northam with the end of his political life, the Left pushed the politically moderate governor into advancing a progressive victimhood-and-grievance agenda.

The tragedy is that the progressive agenda on race is profoundly destructive to African-Americans. The Left is very selective about which victims matter. Wife beaters in jail for domestic abuse warrant consideration as victims on the grounds that sentencing guidelines disproportionately impact African-Americans, but the women they hurt, also disproportionately African-American, receive no such consideration. Kids from disadvantaged backgrounds who disrupt school, disproportionately African-American, are deemed victims, but their classmates, also disproportionately African-American, are not.

But the impact of these policies is even more insidious than those examples would suggest. The never-ending message is that American society is endemically racist, the system is stacked against African-Americans, African-Americans are victims, and African-Americans must turn to the political system for redress of their grievances. A consequence is that many African-Americans draw the not illogical conclusion that playing by the rules is a waste of time. What’s the point of striving? What’s the point of “acting white” (a phrase that should be updated these days to “acting Asian”), studying hard, graduating from high school, learning a trade, performing well on a job, getting married and raising kids?

In truth, the “system” is not racist. Opportunities abound. A handful of white supremacists — marginalized whites with no economic or political clout whom Leftists have magnified into a tidal wave of Nazism — have zero power to oppress black people. But progressives have no desire to encourage African-Americans to become strivers bent upon self improvement. The progressive path to power needs victims obsessed with grievances.

Virginia can build an opportunity society for all or it can build a victimhood-and-grievance society. Sadly, Ralph Northam has chosen the the latter vision, and that is how he will be remembered.

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10 responses to “Northam Finds Salvation in Victimhood-and-Grievance Agenda

  1. Now we know why Al Gore came to Virginia.

  2. Northam is as disgusting as Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Instead of making personal amends for his conduct (including calling Gillespie a racist while knowing that he, Northam, wore blackface a few months before becoming a medical doctor), he’s played politics. I think Dante put hypocrites like Northam in the 8th Ring of Hell. You’ll find him someday wearing a glittering cloak lined with heavy lead.

  3. Blackface Northam threw himself off one hook to hang himself high and forever off another hook. You nailed him. Dante’s Inferno.

  4. Northam is a disgrace. The blackface wearing governor nicknamed Coonman is now a social justice warrior and the left eats it up. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

    However, Ed Gillespie spent $29,314,607 running for governor in 2017 and nobody involved with his campaign thought to look at Ralphie Klan Robes’ yearbook page from medical school?

    Virginia needs a new class of politicians from both parties.

    • No one should give the Gillespie campaign a high grade for research. We’d get a better class of politicians if the WaPo shut down. It’s editorial bias is so strong that it fails to report on many of the things important to the quality of life in Virginia. Remember I had the conversation with a Post reporter who told me the editorial board regularly violated separation rules to pressure reporters from writing anything negative about Tim Kaine.

    • Don,
      Labeling all liberalism as a “mental disorder” is going too far.

    • Labeling liberalism as a “ mental disorder” is going too at.

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  6. Virginia’s governor has purchased absolution by advancing the racial agenda of the party’s progressive wing.
    I suspect he has purchased bail…
    Northam recently vetoed two mandatory-minimum sentencing bills he claimed would disproportionately affect African-Americans, created a director-of-diversity position…
    In Victoria, Australia, the police chief, Christine Nixon, did similarly following a corruption scandal. She created an Office of Police Integrity. To which I responded “Police Integrity? Next office on the left !” The point is that diversity has to be built into an organisation. It cannot be bolted on. It belongs at every position at every level as a cherished value and a practice of business as usual.
    Virginia can build an opportunity society for all or it can build a victimhood-and-grievance society. Sadly, Ralph Northam has chosen the the latter vision, and that is how he will be remembered.
    I hope that is how he is forgotten.

  7. The WTOP Ask the Gov radio program of Jan 30, 2019 was apparently the last such program (so far). That was when the Gov got into hot water on 3rd term abortion and that apparently precipitated the whole affair that later bled over to Lt. Gov and Att Gen.

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