Northam’s resignation won’t fix real problem
Calls for Gov. Ralph Northam’s resignation are understandable, but I am concerned that this will result in yet another lost opportunity to deal with the larger issue of race relations in our country. There is a tendency to vilify individuals and this somehow seems to satisfy a need for action in the short run but misses the bigger picture. I don’t know if Northam is a racist, but I do know that labeling him as such and extracting a pound of flesh from him does little or nothing to understand and deal with the history and legacy of slavery in our country and the ongoing impact on our country today.
When Colin Kapernick and other NFL players protested by kneeling for the National Anthem, they were identified and labeled as un-American, their message and concern were completely discounted. What a missed opportunity for President Trump to call for action on the issue, for a national discussion, and potential for healing. The focus is put on the individual and not the issue and we yet again avoid taking on the real problem. We can label people and then discount them, but can we afford to continue to ignore these opportunities for open and honest dialogue? BRENDAN HAYES.