The racist history of blackface, especially in Virginia

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Virginia Governor Elect Ralph Northam (C) celebrates with Lt. Governor Elect Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring at his election night rally on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, November 7, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Virginia is in turmoil this week. Its top three officials are enmeshed in scandal: the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Two admitted wearing blackface, and one is accused of sexual assault. So far, no one, including Governor Ralph Northam, is resigning. Columnist Jamelle Bouie, who wrote about the blackface problem in Virginia and racism in our country.