A New Project Will Have Black College Students Look for Racist Imagery in Politicians’ Yearbooks


Here’s a unique idea spawned by the blackface scandals in Virginia this week: A group of activists from Richmond has put together a GoFundMe to pay students from historically black colleges and universities to go through yearbooks and look for evidence of “racist behavior and imagery” on the pages of present-day Virginia state officials and candidates for public office. Community organizer Chelsea Higgs Wise and another activist, Bob Bland, had the idea for this project on Monday; as of Friday morning, the GoFundMe had raised about $6,000 of its $10,000 goal.

Last Friday, the pro-Trump website Big League Politics published a scan of a blackface photo on Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page. The photo had been submitted, one of the site’s owners said, by “classmates of Northam” who were outraged by the governor’s recent statement on late-term abortion. This GoFundMe, sponsored by a group on the other end of the political spectrum, looks to systematize this kind of grassroots research into politicians’ backgrounds.


h/t why only black students?

9 Comments on A New Project Will Have Black College Students Look for Racist Imagery in Politicians’ Yearbooks

  1. Hey, I got an Idea! Let’s go through yearbooks from black colleges from 30-to-40 years ago and look for anti-white sentiment!

    Then let us take those people and place them on a national stage. Then let’s get them fired from their jobs. Their families will be destitute…

    …Yes Let’s do that! NOT!

  2. This is just like hundreds of ‘journalists’ going thru thousands of Governor Sarah Palin’s old emails, just looking for dirt.
    Their lives are so empty and full of hate, that they have nothing better to do.

  3. Reminds me of the good old days in China and my buddies in the Red Guard. Does anyone still have a dunces hat and an anti aircraft gun?

  4. I don’t know about these shoes being racist, but I wouldn’t mind if the Fashion Police arrested any wearers of them. They’re just plain, ridiculous, ugly.


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