Hero or Zero?
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Hero Nathan Coflin: Replace Confederate Statues
How much do we agree with Nathan Coflin, who started a petition to replace Confederate statues with Missy Elliot?
Zero Ed Gillespie now silent on racism
Republican candidate for Governor Ed #SilentEd Gillespie continues his streak, this time refusing to condemn Donald Trumps’s remarks following the events in Charlottesville—including Trump’s fury-inducing “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides“.
Not to be outdone by Gillespie’s silence, the Virginia GOP took to attacking Democratic candidate for Governor Ralph Northam, calling him a race traitor for saying Confederate “statues should be taken down and moved into museums“:
.@RalphNortham has turned his back on his own family’s heritage in demanding monument removal (1/2)
— Virginia GOP (RPV) (@VA_GOP) August 23, 2017