RICHMOND, Va. (ABC7) — The Commonwealth's most powerful family is in the spotlight, again, after new allegations surrounding yet another racist incident.
The Commonwealth's first lady, Pam Northam, has been accused of handing out balls of cotton to black students during a tour of the governor's residence, according to the Washington Post. The first lady also asked the students on the tour to 'imagine being slaves.'
“The Governor and Mrs. Northam have asked the residents of the Commonwealth to forgive them for their racially insensitive past actions,” said Leah Dozier Walker to the Post. Walker oversees the Office of Equity and Community Engagement at the state Education Department.
“But the actions of Mrs. Northam, just last week, do not lead me to believe that this Governor’s office has taken seriously the harm and hurt they have caused African Americans in Virginia or that they are deserving of our forgiveness,” she wrote.