Ralph Northam and His Growing List of Offenses

Erin McKown, Administrator

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Virginia state governor Ralph Northam is in trouble again. The Democrat’s list of offenses is growing larger with Virginians calling for his removal from office.

Northam first received scrutiny after siding with a late-term abortion bill proposed in the Virginia House of Delegates by democrat Kathy Tran. Although third trimester abortions are illegal unless the mother’s health is in danger, Northam still supported abortions even after birth, stating that the infant would be kept comfortable while the mother and physicians decide what to do with it.

“I think it goes against the oath he took when he got his medical license to not harm,” junior Victoria Snow said in regards to the governor who formerly worked in the medical field. “It’s a key part of that oath, and killing defenseless, innocent babies goes against everything doctors believe in.”

Outroar from the community, however, stunted the passing of this bill which later evoked Northam withdrawing his statements, saying there was ‘misinformation’ spread.

“I think it just goes to show how important the character of a leader is,” Snow stated.

However, Northam sustained more strikes to his record when a photo of him and friend donning blackface and a KKK outfit surfaced from his medical school yearbook page. Northam first acknowledged it was him and apologized, but later withdrew his statement, saying that he believed it wasn’t him in the photos after all.

Northam has admitted, however, that at one point in the past he wore blackface to imitate Michael Jackson in a contest.

“He should be more culturally aware of not only African culture, but all world cultures and history,” senior Summer Myers said.

To salvage what little was left to defend his office, Northam met with prominent black leaders Dr. Charles Steel Jr. and Dr. Bernard LaFayette last Wednesday. However, his ties with the black community sustained another blow after referring to early slaves as ‘indentured servants’.

Contrary to popular outrage, however, American History teacher Mrs. Corey Armes stated that Northam’s statement wasn’t completely wrong.

“I side with indentured servants,” Armes said. “Most of the early African Americans that came over were indentured servants, then slaves.”

Northam’s response was simply that he was ‘still learning’.

As of now, Northam still refuses to step down from office.