Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam gives his second State of the Commonwealth Speech before 140 members of the 2019 General Assembly, on Jan. 9. (PHOTO: Livestream – Public domain image via VCU Capital News Service)
I don’t know how it was possible, but Virginia seems dead set on making this news cycle the most insane one yet that doesn’t involve President Donald Trump (yet).
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring are both in hot water for appearing in blackface in college photos. Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax is in deep (increasingly so) trouble after allegations of sexual assault came to light.
Now, the Fairfax saga is a series of stories all their own, but the Northam Saga has taken a turn for the AYFKM files.
A Virginia police sergeant assigned to monitor protests related to Gov. Ralph Northam's racist yearbook photo was suspended for having ties to white nationalist groups https://t.co/bteIrVWeul
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 7, 2019
Also breaking, The Onion has been forced to close up shop after Reality enters the satire news industry and outdoes them all. Via the NYT story above…
The authorities said in the statement that they were “made aware” early Wednesday morning of a “possible violation of division policy” by Sergeant Stamm. A police official specified that the possible violation that prompted the suspension was outlined in a blog post published on Tuesday by Antifascist of the Seven Hills. The group describes itself as an organization that seeks “to fight fascists” in Richmond, Va., “as communists and anarchists united in militant opposition.”
In the blog post, the group published several pictures — apparently pulled from Sergeant Stamm’s social media accounts — of what it said was him with tattoos, flags and banners that it said were symbols and images associated with Nazis and white supremacists.
Prof. Brian Levin of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, said some of the symbols could have “dual messages.” For instance, the Wolfsangel symbol — which resembles one of the tattoos — is a centuries-old insignia that was later used in Nazi Germany, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
But it gets better!
The group also alleges that on Sergeant Stamm’s Facebook page — which, along with other social media accounts appears to have been deleted — he was “friends with a number of people who claim to be associated with the group Asatru Folk Assembly” and at one point earlier this year added a profile photo of himself with what the group said was the Asatru Folk Assembly logo overlaid on it.
Now, I realize that sourcing Antifa, the ADL, and SPLC is probably suspect but this really is a group of terrible people. These are the type of people who believe in an “integral link between ancestry and religion, between biology and spirituality.” In other words, God’s chosen are of a certain biological race, and it is not the one Northam and Herring pretended to be.
It’s a Wikipedia rabbit hole, but it’s fun reading on a rainy day – which, across the south, you might be expecting! – and I highly recommend you don’t jump to this guy’s defense.
But, I do think we can all come together, as one people, and demand Virginia be canceled.