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Gov. Northam Plans to Purge Racist Language From Virginia Law


Added 12-06-19 12:40:03pm EST - “A task force assembled by the governor recommended removing nearly 100 overtly discriminatory and racist laws that were still on the books.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Gov. Northam Plans to Purge Racist Language From Virginia Law”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A task force assembled by the governor recommended removing nearly 100 overtly discriminatory and racist laws that were still on the books.

A task force assembled by Gov. Ralph Northam to help purge discriminatory and racist language still on the books in Virginia has recommended repealing almost 100 laws, according to a report released Thursday.

Many of the laws, some of which are no longer enforced or have been invalidated, stem from the state’s segregationist past, including Jim Crow laws and Virginia’s Massive Resistance policy, a coordinated effort to thwart federally mandated laws to integrate schools, transportation and neighborhoods. Other laws prohibited interracial marriage and imposed a poll tax designed to prevent black Virginians from voting.

“Repeal of these outdated, unjust, and in many cases plainly racist Acts of Assembly is an important step in recognizing and correcting the sins of the past,” Cynthia Hudson, Virginia’s chief deputy attorney general and chair of the governor’s commission, said in a statement.

“If we’re going to move forward as a Commonwealth,” Mr. Northam said on Twitter, “it’s time that Virginia takes steps to right old wrongs and remove the racially discriminatory language that’s still on our books.”

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