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?