MESSAGE FROM SENATOR MAMIE E. LOCKE

Mamie Locke

Governing is difficult even under the best of circumstances. As African American History Month dawned on February 1st, we learned of a very disturbing photograph posted on the 1984 medical school yearbook page of Governor Ralph Northam. The photo was of two individuals, one in black face and the other in a Ku Klux Klan robe. As an African American, I was very offended by this photograph. This was followed by sexual assault allegations against the Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax which he has denied. The most recent bombshell was an admission by Attorney General Mark Herring that he appeared in in black (brown?) face at age nineteen 39 years age while a college student. To say that all these revelations and allegations are distractions from the business of the General Assembly session is an understatement. It is distressing to the citizens of the Commonwealth, legislators, and the African American community. It is completely undermining our ability to do the work we were sent her to do. We all believe in concepts of forgiveness and redemption. It will take time, maybe even distance from the issue to begin that process. The history and past of the African American community has been filled with the ridicule of minstrels and blackface and the terror and intimidation of the Ku Klux Klan. It is painful and difficult and woven into the fabric of Virginia’s racial history of the not so distant past. Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. As we embark upon the 400th Anniversary of the first landing of the permanent settlement of Africans in North America, landing at Fort Monroe in 1619, it is an opportune time to begin discussions of that history, reflect on it, and begin the process of healing and reconciliation in earnest.

This is also the 400th Anniversary of the General Assembly. We are here to do the business of the people and should continue to do so. We certainly cannot put a pin in it and wait for other matters to settle. We must continue to work on amendments to the budget, tax reform, evictions, raises for teachers and state employees, economic development issues, and more. We must remain vigilant and focused on why we are here and work toward completing the work of the legislative session. We are not daunted. As paraphrased from the words in the poem “Invictus”, we all must remain vigilant and the masters of our fate and the captains of our souls.

I am here to do the work of the 2nd Senate District. Please contact me and let your voices be heard.

 

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2019 Cunningham Drive
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Hampton, VA 23666
Phone: 757-224-4415 

Capitol Office

Senator Mamie E. Locke
900 East Main Street
Pocahontas Building
Room E510
Richmond, VA 23219

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218

Phone: 804-698-7502
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E-mail:
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Legislative Assistant:
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Locke for State Senate
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Hampton, VA 23670

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