Weeks after her husband, Gov. Ralph Northam’s, was accused of wearing blackface in a 1984 medical school yearbook, the First Lady of Virginia is also apologizing for a racist faux pas of her own.
According to NBC News, during a recent field trip to the Virginia’s Governor’s mansion, Pam Northam thought it was a good idea to pass out cotton to students, including those that were African-American.
“I regret that I have upset anyone,” Northam said on Wednesday.
“I am still committed to chronicling the important history of the Historic Kitchen, and will continue to engage historians and experts on the best way to do so in the future.”
Her apology comes after a Virginia state employee whose eighth-grade daughter and another Black child complained to Gov. Ralph Northam’s office about the incident, NBC wrote.
Naturally, Northam’s office and another parent on the trip stressed that the first lady was not singling out the Black students in any way, but not everyone is buying that story.
“[Mrs. Northam’s actions] 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,” the employee, Leah Dozier Walker, who oversees the Office of Equity and Community Engagement at the state Education Department, wrote on Feb. 25.
We’re not sure what is going on, but it’s clear that there are a lot of folks out there that need some sensitivity training, along with some common sense.
Just Reschedule Black History Month! Burberry Apologizes For Noose Hoodie
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Yes, I’ve seen the hoodie that showed at Burberry with the noose around the neck. No, I won’t be discussing it. I’m not helping to push a viral moment for that brand by expressing outrage.— Shelby Ivey Christie (@bronze_bombSHEL) February 19, 2019
At this point, they are trolling us. pic.twitter.com/SGqAlqknRa
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Y’all have lost your goddamned minds. “Fashion brand Burberry has apologized for showcasing a hoodie that featured a noose around the neck during its show at London Fashion Week.” https://t.co/UShcg3AakZ pic.twitter.com/E7Y7GbSII9— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) February 19, 2019
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We have reached a kind of horror film level compulsion at this point — racists can’t control their racism in a climate of emboldened racism. It has become involuntary. Burberry apologizes for hoodie with noose around the neck - CNN https://t.co/p0N6rfILDg— Rebecca Carroll (@rebel19) February 19, 2019
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Like I said, Black history month has been rescheduled. https://t.co/bEkDxZWOPj— Midwin Charles, Esq. (@MidwinCharles) February 19, 2019
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This @Burberry noose hoodie was sent down the runway recently during the Burberry show during 2019 London Fashion week. It was put out but they have now apologized and withdrawn it. However, it shows the insensitivity & bias in the fashion world pic.twitter.com/XxTI1hp2Qr— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) February 19, 2019
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Burberry just featured a hoodie with a noose around the neck for London Fashion Week. I’m exhausted pic.twitter.com/YauqyAvYhj— ሶፊያ (@SophiaTassew) February 19, 2019
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*Burberry catches heat for hoodie with noose around it... pic.twitter.com/uEA6hB5Vo1— SlowYaRollDonté ♿️ (@TrapKazekage) February 19, 2019
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I’m really tired of all these fucking companies trying to make headlines with OBVIOUSLY racist styles (the blackface turtleneck hoodie, the noose necked burberry hoodie, stuff like that). Like... the fuck, stop constantly triggering black people to get media attention.— Noor ☭🇵🇸🇮🇹🧕🏼🦋 Nug Bug (@MuslimMissWorld) February 19, 2019
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would love a window into how these things even happen— Astead (@AsteadWesley) February 19, 2019
designer: so im thinking a brown hoodie
board: go on
designer: with a noose around the neck?
board: ahh yes perfect https://t.co/uNgBNNVaJR
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This Black History Month is a Boondocks episode https://t.co/8CLoMMy6oV— Big Mo (@morgansherm_) February 19, 2019
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I think all of these known name brand clothing designers are purposely creating offensive shit towards Blacks. @Burberry really??? How would you think having a noose around the neck of a jacket was cool?? #TopDesignersDoNotWantBlackPeopleInTheirClothes #TheMessageIsClear— *Sparkling TR3asure (@DatZetaLady) February 19, 2019
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They made a "mistake." Hoodies AND a noose??? That's neither an accident nor is it a coincidence. IT'S CALLED MARKETING!!! Now we're going to see an uptick in Burberry purchases from attention-starved, designer label-consumed wannabes with no self respect. #HappyBlackHistoryMonth— 💋 #BossBabe in Real Estate❤ (@RevelationGal) February 19, 2019
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So how many Black men are still going to wear Burberry to baby showers after hoodie they dropped with the noose on it? How many of y’all know why these companies are deciding to be so blatant with this stuff?— Nasir M. 🏁🔯🔱 (Trevon X Mitchell) (@Cubano_Boxing) February 19, 2019
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.@Burberry decided it would be high fashion to feature a noose on a model on the runway at London Fashion Week— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) February 19, 2019
The noose is a symbol of racial terrorism, a weapon that reminds us of the 4,743 people lynched between 1882 and 1968 in the U.S.
Burberry’s actions are despicable. pic.twitter.com/jyjjDQkKxv
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I’m starting to think these designers doing shit on purpose now, Burberry really thought it was ok to make a hoodie with a noose 😒— $haniGotBandz ™️ (@ThisWhy_YouMAD) February 19, 2019
First Lady Of Virginia Apologizes For Handing Black Students Cotton During Field Trip was originally published on hellobeautiful.com