Blackface governor’s wife hands out cotton to black students, tells them to imagine what it was like to be slaves. Democrats in Virginia cannot seem to stop stepping on their own… history. Like a TV sitcom, there’s a new episode every week.

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whiskeyriver
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My father picked cotton when he was young, so did his father, mother and brothers. Most of his cousins picked cotton when they were kids too. None of us are black nor was anyone a slave, it was what small cotton farmers did in the 40’s and 50’s.

People can argue slavery all they want but it is nothing but race baiting stupidity. Slavery ended in this country over 150 years ago and black folks are not the only ones who had to pick cotton. Or strip tobacco. Or harvest fruits and vegetables. Many people of all races have done the same thing, it was how they made a living. All this nonsense over blackface makeup or handing students cotton is nothing more than race baiting bullshit.

MGAP
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MGAP

Intersting. I remember a teacher bringing in raw cotton when I was in elementary school. It was part of a lesson aimed at showing us the difficulty of harvesting the crop by hand(slave labor) and to help us understand the hardships slaves encountered. The point was made, as I remember the lesson to this day.

JPTravis
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Slavery was awful but there were gradations of awfulness, not only within a given plantation but amongst crops. Working tobacco was better than working cotton, and worse even than cotton was being sent to a rice farm in South Carolina. The survival rate wasn’t good which is why the rice plantation owners tended to not live there full-time themselves. And if you thought you’d hit the bottom of the barrel there, being sold to a sugar plantation in the Caribbean was like a death sentence. Remember, that was before Walter Reed proved the source of Yellow Fever, a disease which made living in the Caribbean practically a death sentence.

But I hear what you’re saying. It’s not an altogether bad lesson for kids. I just don’t think a governor’s wife is the right teacher and especially the wife of this particular governor. And I very much doubt she was smart enough to show them how hard it is to harvest. She probably just handed them a ball of cotton and said, “Imagine being a slave.”

deepthinker
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deepthinker

The fools in NoVa must be so proud of their bigoted racist governor and first lady.

RKae
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RKae

Or she could have handed out food stamps and free smartphones and told them to imagine what it’s like to be a modern day slave.

whiskeyriver
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whiskeyriver

That wouldn’t have caused an uproar at all.

JPTravis
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With Democrats there always seems to be an equal amount of stupid-headedness mixed with their wrong-headedness. They grew cotton in Virginia, sure, but never that much. Handing cotton to students would make more sense in Georgia, Mississippi, or Texas if you’re trying to give a lesson about slavery. Virginia was primarily a tobacco state. Tobacco was what the slaves would have been picking in Virginia. Virginia grew so much tobacco (because they could make so much money selling it to England) that they ruined much of the soil in the whole eastern half of the state. So why was the governor of Virginia handing out raw cotton balls? And where did she get them? I bet she got them from somebody in Texas or California. Why not show them freshly harvested tobacco leaf? Virginia still grows a shitload of tobacco. The famous Tobacco Row is in Richmond, Virginia, so I know she could have gotten that right in her own state.

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JP you are correct. One would think that the First Lady of Virginia would have access to all sorts of historical facts concerning the Commonwealth of Virginia. Yet when you are a revisionist of history, you tend to make “stuff up” as you go. Just to prove your point.

As for slavery in Virginia, maybe the First Lady would care to check out the family tree and past. It might help her in her next attempt to be informative.