Telfair’s pun­ish­ment is woe­fully in­ad­e­quate

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - EDITORIAL PAGE -


For­mer Peters­burg city at­tor­ney Brian Telfair en­gaged in an act of racial an­i­mus. Be­cause he was sup­pos­edly un­der pres­sure to can­cel a Peters­burg City Coun­cil meet­ing, he in­vented a red­neck who al­legedly threat­ened city of­fi­cials. In re­al­ity, he had an­other em­ployee buy a burner phone and he made the threat him­self.

The re­sult? A short crim­i­nal sen­tence — even though he ad­mit­ted what he did. And now the Vir­ginia State Bar has sus­pended his law li­cense for 90 days. Well, whoop dee do. If the races had been re­versed, politi­cians would be pon­tif­i­cat­ing, so-called so­cial jus­tice groups would be threat­en­ing law­suits, and ad­vo­cates would be march­ing in the streets.

How can we won­der how our coun­try is so di­vided? Racism works both ways, no mat­ter what some on the left would have us be­lieve. And for those who think Telfair’s short sus­pen­sion is ad­e­quate, shame on you. This type of racism, no mat­ter the races in­volved, has no place in our coun­try. Telfair’s pun­ish­ment is woe­fully in­ad­e­quate.


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