So, Virginia Politics Are In A Complete And Total Meltdown Right Now

So, Virginia Politics Are In A Complete And Total Meltdown Right Now

Not only is the governor in hot water, but also the lieutenant governor, attorney general and Senate majority leader.

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Last week, a photo surfaced from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's yearbook page that shows one man in blackface and another in a Klan hood and robes. Several Democrats and Republicans within the state and around the country called for his resignation, which would give the lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, the seat. Politicians from Hillary Clinton to Chuck Schumer were calling for his resignation. After Northam refused to resign, more pressure was put on him to give the seat up to his second in command.

But a few days later, the whole scandal got a little bit more chaotic. The lieutenant governor was accused of committing sexual assault back in 2004 against a California woman. The accuser, Vanessa Tyson, claims that she was assaulted at the Democratic National Convention by Fairfax when he was a campaign staffer. Tyson has hired the same law firm that represented Christin Blasey Ford during the hearings of then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Fairfax claims that he knew of the allegations back when he was sworn into office as Virginia's lieutenant governor. The attorney general of Virginia, Mark Herring, seemed to be sitting pretty as several speculated that he would take over the governorship.

Not so fast. Herring came out with the shocking news that he too wore blackface back in the 1980s. Herring was one of the critics of Northam saying he should resign immediately for wearing blackface. He put out a long statement about how he dressed up as a rapper for a party when he was a student at the University of Virginia. Herring appeared more remorseful than Northam in his statement. If all three of them resign, the next person to move into the governor's mansion would be Kirk Cox, Virginia's speaker of the House. Cox is a conservative Republican that would completely flip the Democrats rule.

Just when it seemed we knew about all the scandals, another came to light.

Today, the Virginia Senate majority leader came out with his own blackface scandal. Tommy Norment, the fourth high-level Virginia politician said he too was in a yearbook filled with racial slurs and photos of his classmates in blackface. The 1968 yearbook from the Virginia Military Institue featured several offensive slurs and photos. Norment declined to talk about the yearbook and said, "The only thing I'm talking about today is the budget."

Virginia politics are basically in chaos right now — for both parties, but the Democrats have more at stake. The state now has garnered national attention for some pretty negative stuff. In what was a shining moment that a Democratic governor was elected to succeed another Democrat, all came tumbling down last week. Democrats were hoping that Virginia was now in their corner for future elections, but this might have made it a little tougher for them to win statewide.

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I'm The College Girl Who Likes Trump And Hates Feminism, And Living On A Liberal Campus Is Terrifying

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

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I will get right to the point: being a conservative on a liberal college campus in 2019 downright terrifying.

At my university, I'm sure about 90% of the population, both students and faculty, are liberals. They are very outspoken, never afraid to express their views, opinions, and feelings in several ways. There are pride events for the LGBT community, a huge celebration for MLK day, and tons of events for feminists.

Then there's the minority: the conservatives. The realists. The "racists," "bigots," and "the heartless." I am everything the liberals absolutely despise.

I like Donald Trump because he puts America first and is actually getting things done. He wants to make our country a better place.

I want a wall to keep illegals out because I want my loved ones and me to be safe from any possible danger. As for those who are genuinely coming here for a better life, JUST FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AROUND.

I'm pro-life; killing an infant at nine months is inhumane to me (and yet liberals say it's inhumane to keep illegals out…but let's not get into that right now).

I hate feminism. Why? Because modern feminism isn't even feminism. Slandering the male species and wanting to take down the patriarchy is just ridiculous.

I hate the media. I don't trust anyone in it. I think they are all biased, pathological liars. They purposely make our president look like the devil himself, leaving out anything good he does.

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself out of fear. When I end up getting one of my "twisted" and "uneducated" thoughts slip out, I cringe, waiting for the slap in the face.

Don't get me wrong; not everyone at my university is hostile to those who think differently than they do.

I've shared my opinions with some liberal students and professors before, and there was no bloodshed. Sure, we may not see eye to eye, but that's okay. That just means we can understand each other a little better.

Even though the handful of students and faculty I've talked to were able to swallow my opinions, I'm still overwhelmed by the thousands of other people on campus who may not be as kind and attentive. But you can't please everybody. That's just life.

Your school is supposed to be a safe environment where you can be yourself. Just because I think differently than the vast majority of my peers doesn't mean I deserve to be a target for ridicule. No one conservative does. Scratch that, NO ONE DOES.

I don't think I'll ever feel safe.

Not just on campus, but anywhere. This world is a cruel place. All I can do is stand firm in my beliefs and try to tolerate and listen to the clashing opinions of others. What else can I do?

All I can say is... listen. Be nice. Be respectful of other's opinions, even if you strongly disagree. Besides, we all do have one thing in common: the desire for a better country.

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Dear Young Voices Of America, Stand Up, Speak Up, And Do Something

Our time is now.

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Dear young voices of America, I think we can both agree that we are sick of being told we are America's future while simultaneously being told our opinions don't matter. Now I personally do not listen to the people that tell me I'm better seen than heard; however, I know there are people that are a little timider when it comes to raising their voices. I am here to encourage you to be loud and speak up on topics that matter to you. There is no better time than the present to make your voice heard. Whether you are advocating for change in your school or the government, your opinion matters and is relevant.

We are the future of our country. How are we supposed to evoke change and reform if we can't have our voices heard? I call bullshit and I think it's time to take action. Even if you're the first or only person to advocate for your cause, be that person. Don't be afraid of anyone that tries to stand in your way. The only person that can stop you from speaking up for yourself and your cause is you. No matter how many nos you have to hear to get a yes or how many doors you have to knock on to get someone to open up, never give up. Never give up on your cause, never give up on yourself or the people you're representing, just don't do it. There is someone out there that supports you. Maybe they're just too shy to raise their voice too. Be encouraging and be supportive and get people to take a stand with you.

It is never too early or too late to start thinking about your future or to take action. But don't hesitate to say something. The sooner you start speaking up, the sooner you have people joining you and helping you, and the sooner you start to see and experience change. So get up, make that sign, write that letter, make that phone call, take part in that march, give that speech. Do whatever you feel fit to get your point across. Shout it from the rooftops, write it on your profile, send it in a letter, ignore everyone that tries to tell you to give up. Maybe they don't understand now, maybe they don't want to listen, maybe they're afraid to listen, but the more you talk about it and help them understand what exactly you are trying to get across, they will join you.

Even when it feels like you have nobody on your side but yourself, I am on your side. I will cheer you on, I will march with you hand in hand, I will write letters and make phone calls and help you find your voice. My life changed when I found my voice and yours will too.

So dear young voices of America, the time is now. Your time is now. Don't be afraid of the obstacles that you may have to face. Someone is out there waiting for you, waiting to grab your hand and march on with you. As Tarana Burke once said "Get up. Stand up. Speak up. Do something."

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