There is a “politically correct reign of terror” going on in Virginia and the Democratic Party right now in the fallout from two blackface scandals that is “going to end up terrorizing us all,” Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) national spokesman Niger Innis said Thursday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
Virginia Democrats became embroiled in a series of three scandals over the past week.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has resisted bipartisan calls to resign after a picture from his 1984 medical school yearbook page surfaced recently.
The photo depicted two individuals standing together — someone in blackface and someone in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.
Although Northam (pictured above center) initially apologized for appearing in the photo, he later insisted he wasn’t in it. He claimed he would have remembered that incident because he did remember dressing up as Michael Jackson in blackface around the same time.
Then Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) became caught up in a sexual assault allegation scandal. A woman accused Fairfax (above right) of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in 2004, The Washington Post reported, during the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
Although Fairfax admitted to engaging in a sexual encounter with a woman, he insisted it was consensual.
The woman identified herself in a statement on Wednesday as Dr. Vanessa Tyson, a tenured professor at Scripps College.
And finally, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) (above left) admitted on Wednesday to wearing blackface during a college party back in 1980.
Three other racially charged incidents also flared this week.
Gucci apologized for a sweater many accused of resembling blackface. Adidas pulled all-white sneakers meant to honor Black History Month. And a photo of ABC News’ “The View” co-host Joy Behar dressed up as a “beautiful African woman” from years ago also surfaced.
“There’s a politically correct reign of terror that is actually going to end up terrorizing us all,” Innis warned Thursday night.
The problem occurs when outraged Americans “conflate” college kids’ blackface mistakes with “the historic racism that black Americans” have dealt “with over the centuries,” Innis argued. Doing so “actually minimizes and actually belittles the real history and what has happened to African-Americans.”
“I think we all need to take a deep breath and realize how far we’ve come on race relations in our country,” Innis advised.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham said that “bowing to the every demand of the politically correct puritans” puts this nation “on a dangerous path, slippery slope, whatever you want to call it.”
“The concern is that without some safe space to make mistakes in the past, good people won’t want to be involved in public life at all,” Ingraham said. “They’re going to be fearful that something they said or did years ago will now be considered unforgivable and irredeemable.”
“And for goodness’ sake — when we have reached the point where white tennis shoes are considered racist, maybe it’s time to reconsider the shifting standards of the PC puritans,” Ingraham added.
Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza told Ingraham that “the surprise of all this is that these examples” of “shocking insensitivity” are coming from Democrats and progressives.
“Gucci and Adidas are very progressive corporations. Joy Behar is on the Left. Ralph Northam is a Democrat. Mark Herring is a Democrat,” D’Souza said.
D’Souza argued that “the racist strain remained in the Democratic Party,” despite what Democrats like to tell Americans.
“And so the stuff in Virginia is a stunning vindication of that,” D’Souza said.
Innis said that Democrats were “racially obsessed 50, 100 years ago during the Segregation era” and are now “race and identity politics obsessed.”
“That is today’s Democratic Party,” Innis lamented.
But Democratic strategist LaDawn Jones argued that Americans shouldn’t simply say, “Well, isn’t it time for us to get over” these racially insensitive and outrageous examples. Instead, she said that all Americans need to take a moment “to really realize, why is this an issue?”
“I think that there are too many Americans who are not realizing that the racist overtones, the racist history, has to be acknowledged first,” Jones said. “I will not say anyone — including the governor of Virginia — is racist based on one photo. That does not make racism based on one photo. But what it does do is make insensitivity.”
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