Racial Controversy Hits Virginia's First Lady

Feb 28, 2019

Virginia First Lady Pam Northam
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Virginia’s First Lady Pam Northam has gotten into some hot water.

During a tour of the governor’s mansion cottage by some African American children she handed them some cotton and asked them to image being slaves.

That’s according to Leah Walker director of the state Office of Equity and Community Engagement in the Virginia Department of Education.

She wrote that during the tour which included Walker’s daughter and two of her fellow pages – the only African Americans in the group -- were asked to hold the cotton the First Lady retrieved from a bowl.

The incident comes as Governor Ralph Northam has been hit with a scandal involving a photo of someone in blackface next to someone in KKK robes in his medical school yearbook.

Northam ultimately denied he was in the photo but admitted to appearing in blackface as Michael Jackson in the 1980’s.