In the aftermath of Black Lives Matter-led protests, Democrat leaders are seeking to capitalize on the renewed focus on race in America.
Many appear to be pandering to black voters by promising to abolish or defund their local police.
Others have encouraged protests, despite the continued threat of COVID-19. Some have bowed to mob pressure to remove historic monuments and statues.
Democrat governor of Virginia Ralph Northam appears to be going further than anyone else, with his creation of a new state holiday.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday that he will propose making Juneteenth — a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. — an official holiday in a state that was once home to the capital of the Confederacy…
The holiday would be a paid day off for all state employees. Northam said he thinks Virginia would be only the second state to do so.
Why it matters:
Texas was the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday back in the 1980s. The timing of Northam’s decision to give state employees a paid day on this day raises questions.
For over 100 years the state has ignored this day, as has the governor. Yet now, after the “woke” media has showered praise on radical activist group Black Lives Matter, does Northam want to honor Juneteenth.
Perhaps it has something to do with his own history with racism? Critics have raked the governor over the coals after it was discovered he appeared in a photo containing a man in blackface and another wearing a white hood.
Although Northam admits he was in the photo, speculation still remains over which person he was.
In light of this controversy, the governor has pushed an ever-increasing far-left agenda on the traditional state. He has sparked outrage among Virginians with his strict gun control measures.
Some critics might call out his move to honor Juneteenth as just another ploy to pander to the left, rather than honor a day that emancipated the slaves.
- Governor of Virginia announced Juneteenth will be a state holiday.
- State employees will get the day off with pay.
- This comes after BLM-inspired demonstrations and liberal virtue-signaling.