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The Great Virginia Comedy

The Great Virginia Comedy
February 11
20:20 2019

One can see where mockingly wearing blackface can be seen as offensive to many people – black and white. Also, any accusations of sexual assault – rape – must be taken seriously. Rape is among the most serious crimes while putting on blackface as a party costume is in very poor taste, but not a crime. Both activities, however, have resulted in calls for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring to step down because of their youthful antics in going to costume events in blackface –  and Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax to resign after two women have accused him of sexual assault.

The fact that long ago youthful high jinks appears to be equated with a Class A felony crime is a bit unsettling. But in these days of hyper-sensitive political correctness, that seems to be the case.

The charges against Fairfax need to be investigated and adjudicated if there is sufficient evidence to warrant prosecution. If true, the Lt. Governor will not only be compelled to resign,  but he has a good chance of landing in prison.

Still, all this has become a comic opera – a situation comedy that is a satire of itself. It would not take much-scripted exaggeration to become a sketch on Saturday Night Live, or a front-page piece in the satirical publication, The Onion.

That is not to say that the wearing of blackface is not a seriously offensive activity – even considering the times in which it occurred. Of course, it was meant to be funny at the time but still reflected a contemptuous mocking of black people. Those who were laughing at the time, were not guffawing in sympathy WITH black people, but at them.

While the long events may not be considered humorous by today’s standards, the way they were handled – and how they unfolded — is what evokes that special you-gotta-be-kidding laughter. It is pure situation comedy played out on the real stage of life.

First, for a progressive Democrat governor being caught in such a politically incorrect situation is the kind of irony that evokes a humorous response – cynical as it may be. The comedic level increases as Northam explains that one of the persons in the photo – the guy in blackface or the person concealed by the Ku Klux Klan hook – is him. He just does not know which one it is. That is a laugh line, for sure.

As if that is not enough, Northam next claims he is not sure that either of them is him. What? He then claims that neither of them is him. Such public floundering is always humorous, but at least he is finally off the hook. But his disclaimer turns out to be a set up for even a funnier line.

Though he is not in the offensive photograph – as questionable as that claim may be – he then admits that he did do blackface another time to imitate Michael Jackson – with gloves and all, as he put it. When a reporter asked if he could do Jackson’s iconic moon-walk, Northam clutches and looks over to his wife. She advises him that performing in front of the press would be in bad taste. Well duh!

Northam probably should have known that without outside counsel, but then again, he IS the guy who put on the blackface in the first place and now cannot recall when or why.

This was just about the time that it seemed Northam would be resigning under pressure from every Democrat member of the Virginia legislature and virtually every Democrat presidential candidate and prospective presidential candidate.

This would mean that Lt. Governor Fairfax — a black man – would be taking over. Oh, the irony of it all. Northam does black face and a black person is in line to take his place. But this production is far from over. That is when Fairfax gets hit with a credible accusation of sexual assault – and then, in accordance with the modern #MeToo culture, he gets hit with a second accusation.

Now it would appear that both the Governor and the Lt. Governor were going to have to resign – turning over the office to Attorney General Herring. But this comedic farce is not about to come to an end. Great humor is always full of surprises.

Weeell … this is where the Attorney General sheepishly admits that he ALSO donned blackface way back when. SAY WHAT? Herring gets hoisted on his own petard as the guy who demanded Northam resign for doing exactly what he has done.

With the prospect of the three top Virginia Democrats all leaving office, who – pray tell – would take over the governorship? It would be the Speaker of the House – and he is a Republican. This has now become a comedic melodrama par excellence.

Suddenly, the Democrats have a problem. All those calls for Northam, Fairfax and Herring to resign based on the self-proclaimed “high moral ground” are suddenly muted as high morality comes in conflict with political pragmaticism. Northam’s transgression against political correctness and racial tolerance that commenced this bit of political theater is suddenly downgraded from a mortal to a venial sin. And, suddenly Northam’s mandatory resignation is no longer a requirement.
Northam again goes for humor when he explains that he will not resign because he feels that he is the one person who can lead Virginia into a new age of racial tolerance. The laughter continues as the curtain falls.

In the final irony, it is the black guy in the middle who is likely to be the only political casualty. The gods of Greek comedy could not have spun a better tale.

So, there ‘tis.

About Author

Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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10 Comments

  1. Kmbold
    Kmbold February 12, 20:01

    Nice review. What will Act II bring? Nothing. Curtain closes. This will soon be forgotten. Democrats do not receive punishment in this life.

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  2. 개미
    개미 February 12, 20:09

    This article has been written by someone who chooses to believe that hate crimes against blacks are not crimes but merely “youthful antics”.

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    • thinkr2
      thinkr2 February 12, 21:39

      Please document for us the injury or damages any black suffered as a result of that photo. Crime usually requires a victim. Currently, the only victim of this “crime” is the governor, who I don’t support anyway. I have other reasons to despise him, but he is not a criminal. At least not until you can provide evidence that he actually broke a law and injured someone.

      I think the wearing of the KKK costume was exceedingly poor taste. In fact, boorish. Even stupid. But no one appears to be offended when a black man wears white face. Hypocrisy? Yeah.

      Furthermore, there was no criminal offense defined when the future governor put on black face and AFAIK, there still isn’t one. And unless you want to go ex post facto, even if you pass a law today against black face, it doesn’t make what he did decades ago a currently punishable crime. Even wearing a KKK costume isn’t a crime in and of itself.

      The irony here is that the Democrats, who pillory all Republicans as racists, are so blatantly displaying their hypocrisy. If the truth were known, there are probably at least as many racist Democrats as racist Republicans, maybe more.

      And it’s all to distract from the accidentally premature disclosure by the governor of the “pro-choice” movement’s ultimate goal of legalizing infanticide. And to distract from the last-second abortion bills presented and passed by Democrats.

      SQUIRREL!!!!

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      • 개미
        개미 February 12, 23:43

        Death or physical injury are not the only criteria that qualify an act as a hate crime. According to Wikipedia, hate crime “incidents may involve physical assault, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse or insults, mate crime or offensive graffiti or letters (hate mail).” Your country has been justifying its hate crimes against blacks for so long that you can no longer tell what a hate crime is.

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  3. Kiowah
    Kiowah February 12, 20:57

    Hahahaha

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  4. ABUTOM
    ABUTOM February 12, 21:19

    I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS SCHIFF. EVERYBODY IS UPSET ABOUT BLACKFACE AND NO ONE MENTIONS BLACK BABIES BEING MADE COMFORTABLE BEFORE HAVING THEIR HEART STOPPED. HAVE YOU NOTICED WHEN THE DEMOCRAT RINORAT COMMUNISTS F AMERICA THEY ALWAYS DO IT IN FRONT OF THE FLAG. CALIFORNIA THE SICK STATE
    HAD TWO CHOICES FOR GOVERNOR. GAVIN AND EL CHOPPO. WE GOT GAVIN THE BUBBLE BATH WARRIOR.

    CORTEZ IS THE DEMO COMMO DISTRACTION. TO KEEP YOU FROM SEEING WHAT THEY ARE REALLY UP TO. GUN SEIZING, DRUG DEALING AND BABY KILLING. BEWARE THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF DEATH. THEY ARE THE NEW MAFIA. THEY ARE INTO BABY RUB OUTS, GAMBLING, DRUGS AND PROSTITUTION IF YOU COUNT THE HOUSE AND SENATE.

    WHEN THE COMMUNISTS WIN THEY WIN AND WHEN THEY LOSE THEY WIN. ONLY TWO PARTY’S LEFT IN THE USA. THE DEMOCRAT RINO RAT PARTY AND THE 65 MILLION AMERICANS WHO VOTED FOR AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT. WE MUST MOVE THAT NUMBER TO 100 MILLION. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME THE PEOPLE ELECTED ONE OF THEIR OWN. HE SHOWS FOR WORK EARLY IN THE AM AND TAKES NO SALARY. WE WERE HEADED BACK TO COMMUNIST SLAVERY WHEN GOD INTERVENED

    . DON’T THINK THAT THE COMMUNISTS WILL LET HIM ROAM FREE. IT IS US WHO MUST PROTECT HIM AS HE PROTECTS US. THE PARTY OF DEATH TO LITTLE CHILDREN HAS REPLACED THE MAFIA WITH THEIR SINS AND CRIMES.YOU MUST TELL ALL WHO LOVE YOU THAT THEY MUST VOTE FOR TRUMP. WE MUST BE PLENTY IN 2020. THOSE WHO DIVIDE US INTEND TO DESTROY US. THOSE WHO TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY INTEND TO KILL YOU. BILL AYERS TOLD OBAMA THAT 20% OF THE COUNTRY WILL NEVER SURRENDER AND MUST BE LIQUIDATED. IS YOUR NAME ON A SECRET FACEBOOK LIST?

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/spiritofamericapartybook/2019/02/09/brave-roger-stone

    Boss go back to the small town people who made you president and thank them for the most important vote of their life. Go back to the democrat towns who voted for you and thank them and tell them their vote made you president. You need their vote more than ever. The enemies of freedom have shown their outrage because we upset their plans. 65 million must grow to 100 million to insure freedom.SPIRIT OF AMERICA PARTY RADIO SHOW ON YOU TUBE ABUTOM

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  5. TA1
    TA1 February 13, 01:16

    “Ku Klux Klan hook” (sic) probably should be “Ku Klux Klan HOOD” and this blog interface is seriously in need of an “edit” feature.

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  6. TA1
    TA1 February 13, 01:19

    Dearest @Abutom:
    I HAVE NO IDEA WHY YOU ARE YELLING SCRIPT. Please discover your caps-lock key and use it to toggle off.

    Meanwhile since California is so evil for killing black babies, why did we send so many grown ones to die in vietnam and korea and iraq? Once they grow up, apparently they are expendable, especially for religious wars or conflicts involving oil.

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  7. TA1
    TA1 February 13, 02:29

    oh, about the “me too” movement: I gather that a lot of victims of such crimes, do not report or litigate them because of the personal exposure that the courts seem to demand. I guess the logic there, is to give a potential defendant a reasonable opportunity to face his/her accuser, but victims of such acts are often terrified of that same prospect, even if their complaint is fully justified. Once ANOTHER victim has taken that social risk, it can be taken as an arguably reduced risk to also speak up, if indeed decades later.

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  8. Tonguencheek
    Tonguencheek February 13, 17:17

    Now, here is what should be obvious to any Democrat:

    Fairfax, on the face of it (pun intended) is completely innocent! Fairfax is being framed (pun intended again) by the Governor and Attorney General. It should be obvious to any but the most vapid (aren’t all of them clueless?) Democrat that each of Fairfax’s accusers were actually assaulted by Northam and Herring while wearing blackface during the assault.

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