Just how far back in our past are we to be held accountable? More importantly, is there a fair line drawn when it comes to both Democrats and Republicans on this matter? Alabama Republican Governor Kay Ivey is about to test those waters after it was revealed she participated in a blackface skit more than five decades ago.
Ivey apologized for her actions but is refusing to step down from office. She has quit trying to make excuses for her decades-old decision.
Sign of the Times
Ivey took part in the skit in 1967, a time in our culture when skits like this were not uncommon. In fact, movies were still being made in Hollywood with white actors donning blackface.
The skit came to light when Auburn University’s library was working through a project that involved digitizing all of its old audio files. When an interview referencing the skit was made public, Democrats immediately called for Ivey’s resignation.
They not only demanded she step down, but they also called Alabama the most racist state in the entire country.
Ivey apologized for the skit and offered no excuses for the time period or her age. She simply stated, “That is not who I am today.”
The Double Standard
Democrats say it doesn’t matter when it happened or how much she apologizes — she should not be able to remain in office.
Oddly enough, that same outrage was nowhere to be found when Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was found to have worn blackface at a Halloween party.
We can even take it up a notch and ask how a Democrat Party so determined to eliminate racism once elected a known KKK member, Robert Byrd, to office.
Not only that, Byrd was regularly lauded as a mentor to Hillary Clinton and even Joe Biden.
Democrats don’t get to have it both ways.
They cannot railroad someone like Ivey out of office while ignoring like accusations against their own party members.