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phylny's Journal
phylny's Journal
February 3, 2019

Statement re: Northam from former Congressman Tom Perriello of Virginia

As painful as yesterday was for Virginia, I hoped that today would bring healing, truth and transformation. I pray that Sunday will be that day. This isn't just about an old racist photo. It has opened wounds when we should be building a more inclusive Virginia.

Are we the birthplace of American democracy, or American slavery? The first state to elect an African American governor, or the capital of the confederacy? This is the duality of our Virginia.

It gives me no pleasure to say that what we’re seeing is the manifestation of white male entitlement and the presumption that the benefit of the doubt can outweigh real pain, shock & mistrust, as expressed by VA's Legislative Black Caucus.

I believe that, together, we can choose a better path. I believe Justin Fairfax can help us heal and help forge that path. We are ready to embrace our full history and truth, as well as our better angels. I pray that Sunday is the day we start moving forward.


I'd like Justin Fairfax to appoint Perriello as Lieutenant Governor if he has the right to do so.

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