Friday Open Thread | James Comey: Take down the confederate statues now

Washington (CNN)Former FBI Director James Comey called Thursday for the removal of Confederate statues in Virginia’s capital in the wake of blackface scandals involving top statewide elected officials, in an op-ed for The Washington Post.

“Expressing bipartisan horror at blackface photos is essential, but removing the statues would show all of America that Virginia really has changed,” Comey writes.

“There is no doubt that Virginia’s leaders need to be held accountable for their personal history, but every Virginia leader is responsible for the racist symbols that still loom over our lives,” Comey writes.

Last week, a photo from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook surfaced showing one person in blackface and another dressed in the Ku Klux Klan’s signature white hood and robes. Northam initially apologized and said he was in the photo, but then said a day later that he was not one of the two people pictured. The governor said he had darkened his face to resemble Michael Jackson during a dance contest in 1984.

Despite increasing pressure to resign, Northam has not indicated he will step down from his post.

On Wednesday, Virginia was further plunged into chaos when Attorney General Mark Herring admitted he had appeared in blackface at a 1980 college party.

Comey writes that elected officials who wore blackface “or lied about it, shouldn’t hold office,” adding that “past actions matter.” He describes blackface as a “tool of white oppression.”

“White people designed blackface to keep black people down, to intimidate, mock and stereotype,” Comey writes.

“As a college kid in Virginia during the 1980s, I knew that, and so did my classmates,” he added.

But Comey argues that the Confederate statues are “much larger and more powerful symbols of that oppression — symbols born of a similar desire to keep black people down.” He describes them as “gigantic bronze embodiments of that same racism.”

“They loom over Virginians every day,” Comey writes. “If Virginia’s leaders want to atone for a troubling legacy, changing state law so Richmond’s statues no longer taunt the progress of our country would be a good place to start.”

The former FBI director argues that the statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Stonewall Jackson “weren’t put up to celebrate history or heritage; they were put up as a message: The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution aren’t going to help you black folks because the South has risen from that humiliation. Jim Crow — a name rooted in blackface mockery — is king.”

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117 Responses to Friday Open Thread | James Comey: Take down the confederate statues now

  1. A political hit is happening in Virginia. I wouldn’t put anything pass this creepy mofo. He should be in jail. If he did it to Robert Mueller, what the hell would stop him from going after Fairfax? Dems better know what they’re doing here.

    https://twitter.com/JacobAWohl/status/1092858817790930944

  2. Ametia says:

    The SHINY object right now is VA. TRUMP is up to his eyeballs in CORRUPTION.

    All his cohorts are crooks, thieve and liars, and the media wants us to look at Fairfax and some trumped up bullshit about an alleged rape, while “BLACKFACE” NORTHAM is on a PR touch up tour.

    You can’t make this fucking shit up.

  3. Hear ye! Hear ye! Read all about it. A political lynching of the Black Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Justin Fairfax, starting with introducing articles of impeachment on Monday based on an allegation & a letter. Virginia can’t escape its racist history.

    https://twitter.com/HopeforVirginia/status/1094016005267951616

    • Ametia says:

      What the fuck is the impeachable offence, pray tell?

      So BLACK FACE bench warms and unproven claims of rape gets a full court press.

      OH TO BE WHITE & RACIST in AMERICA!

  4. @ametia @rikyrah Railroading the Black guy but Northam ain’t moving.

    https://twitter.com/MattMurph24/status/1094016011588767746

  5. Carson news………..

    Carson runs into Jayโ€™s room and points at tv and says please. He wants daughter to turn it on so he can play the game. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  6. NOPE! Due process. He’s entitled to an investigation. Why isn’t she filing charges? This is a political hit job. They had to up the ante since the first accusation wasn’t working in their favor. Stop being gullible.

    https://twitter.com/TerryMcAuliffe/status/1093993726257569792

  7. Ametia says:
  8. Ametia says:

    Stick a fork in Fairfax=DONE

    Second woman accuses Lt. Gov. Fairfax of sexual assault, calls for his resignation
    POSTED 4:27 PM, FEBRUARY 8, 2019, BY WEB STAFF, UPDATED AT 04:28PM, FEBRUARY 8, 2019

    A second woman has come forward accusing Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault.

    Lawyers for Meredith Watson released a statement Friday saying that she was raped by Fairfax while they were both Duke University students in 2000, and called for Fairfaxโ€™s resignation.

    The statement is as follows:

    https://wtkr.com/2019/02/08/second-woman-accuses-lt-gov-fairfax-of-sexual-assault-calls-for-his-resignation/

  9. Ametia says:

    John D. Dingell Jr., who served almost 60 years in Congress, dictated parting words for America on the day he died.
    โ€œOne of the advantages to knowing that your demise is imminent, and that reports of it will not be greatly exaggerated, is that you have a few moments to compose some parting thoughts,โ€ Dingell said. He dictated these reflections on Thursday to his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), at their home in Dearborn. He died later that day at age 92.

    โ€œIn our modern political age, the presidential bully pulpit seems dedicated to sowing division and denigrating, often in the most irrelevant and infantile personal terms, the political opposition.

    โ€œAnd much as I have found Twitter to be a useful means of expression, some occasions merit more than 280 characters.โ€

    https://s2.washingtonpost.com/107844d/5c5deef6e6e81b54008ce307/YXdhcmVvZjQxMUBnbWFpbC5jb20%3D/2/10/3a569220054ddfca9b49a25bb24a75b5

  10. Ametia says:

    SG2, remember the farmer John Boyd? FACE PALMS

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  11. Whitaker is begging for jail time. I can see it coming.

  12. I don’t know whether to scream or cry…..

    https://twitter.com/lrozen/status/1093953684298481664

    • Liza says:

      Yeah, right. Everyone will believe it, I’m sure.

      Why don’t they just say that the Saudi Royals are above the law and be done with it?

  13. Ametia says:
  14. #Whitaker is playing fucking games. He is trying to use up folks time by giving long answers when he could answer in a simple yes or no.

    https://twitter.com/woodruffbets/status/1093917121564811264

  15. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : February 8, 2019

    Wiseacre:noun WYZE-ay-ker

    Definition: one who pretends to knowledge or cleverness; especially : smart aleck

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/wiseacre-2019-02-08?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=wiseac01&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=wotd&utm_content=pron

  16. I was listening to him. My mouth dropped opened. WTFF?

    https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1093890231672160257

  17. Liza says:

    1968 yearbook, the year MLK Jr was assassinated.
    https://twitter.com/virginianpilot/status/1093565167550500866

  18. Liza says:

    And to think Florida came so close to having a progressive governor.

    https://twitter.com/AndrewGillum/status/1093616305394077697

    • majiir says:

      They didn’t just rape them, they got them pregnant, and sold their own offspring into slavery to make money.

  19. rikyrah says:

    ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ 

    Zpac Shakur (@ChristineFox) Tweeted:
    Black farmers purchased more than $100k worth of seeds at a farm trade show. The certified seeds had 0% germination ability. (They were promised 100% germination & high yields.) This was a race-based scam & they are now suing the billion dollar company in federal court.

    https://t.co/SfuNk96Hi3 https://twitter.com/ChristineFox/status/1093360512518184960?s=17

  20. rikyrah says:

    What say you, Little Susie ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’

    https://twitter.com/brianefallon/status/1093701035045068800

  21. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

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