Misdirected outrage

To the Editor,

There is a great public outcry by aspiring “progressive” political operatives for the head (figuratively) of Virginia Governor Northam because a picture surfaced recently of him in his medical school yearbook in blackface, standing next to a person dressed in Klan garb, both holding a beer. The caption beneath says, “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world, so I think I’ll have another beer.” This is college, mind year, 34 years ago. Obviously, at that time in the south, it was not politically incorrect to dress in blackface or in a Klan outfit. Had it been, the picture would not have made it into the yearbook. What the point was, one can only guess, but from the caption and the maturity level of a partying college student, it could have been saying black, white, Klan, old or drunk, is not as important as beer.

Now, I understand why black folks take umbrage to a picture of a Klansman just as I understand why Jews would be upset by pictures of Hitler or of notorious concentration camp commandants. And there are plenty of other ethnics who emotionally react to other historical monsters who terrorized, brutalized and murdered their ancestors.

But what I find convoluted is the moral outrage exhibited by the Democratic establishment against a sitting governor who, as a medical student, years ago, was goofing off for his yearbook picture, suggesting beer was the most significant aspect of his life, yet, 34 years later, as a governor, views the life of the unborn as trivial as drinking beer in blackface next to the quintessential southern representation of oppression.

Where is the moral outrage of a governor who said he would sign an expanded abortion bill that would allow the murder of a baby in the ninth month of life while its mother was in labor?

It shows how convoluted and trivialized our politicized culture has become.

Blaise Hogan



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