A Deeper Look at Northam

by baldilocks

With the news of the last few days being that Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) dressed up in either blackface or in Klan regalia in a 1984 college yearbook (or maybe he didn’t), it’s necessary to remember that Northam had been in the news earlier in the week for a reason that produced far less levity.

Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire Wednesday after he waded into the fight over a controversial abortion bill that one sponsor said could allow women to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment before birth — with critics saying Northam indicated a child could be killed after birth.


Northam, a former pediatric neurologist, […] said that third-trimester abortions are done with “the consent of obviously the mother, with consent of the physician, multiple physicians by the way, and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities or there may be a fetus that’s not viable.”

“So in this particular example if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

This is infanticide, of course. And, in New York state it’s law.

Since the yearbook photo became public, Republicans and Democrats alike have been calling for Northam’s resignation and some are complaining that people seem to care more about the old photo than about intentional killing of babies. In the case of many Democrats, that’s probably true. But, taking the two issues together, it seems to me that Northam’s blackface/Klan get-ups in 1984 (as opposed to if they were dated, say, 20 years earlier) and his attitude toward living beings newly or almost born are part and parcel of the same mindset – something I’ve been trying to point out all day.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to explain it adequately, but I’ll give it a shot.

To someone like Northam, both blacks and babies in the womb are less than fully human. Therefore, blacks can be caricatured using hated stereotypes/terrorists and are encouraged to kill our offspring. One is merely distasteful and mockable; the other evil and genocidal, but they have the same origin: true racism.

I’ve been making jokes about the blackface thing for a couple of days now because, as my friend Melanie Collette pointed out

We have been face-to-face many times with white Leftist hypocrisy and shadiness on race. So, that’s how I recognize the root.

There are many, many more like Ralph Northam, great and small. I don’t care if he resigns or not since he is merely the tip of the iceberg.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Update: (DTG) Instalanche Thanks Glenn Hi folks, read why Northam is channeling both Monty Python and Bill Clinton and how this story proves the Lord works in mysterious ways. See another reason to thank Donald Trump and consider two thoughts about guns and one about the SOTU.

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