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Should Virginia just start over with all new leaders?

Virginia's government is in absolute shambles after being rocked by scandals in the last week. Governor Ralph Northam admitted to wearing blackface during a dance competition. Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who would succeed Northam, has been accused of sexual assault. Attorney General Mark Herring has also admitted to wearing blackface in college. Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment edited his high school yearbook, which included dozens of racist photos and jokes. Should Virginia just start over?

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Drew Magary at GQ provided a full description of the scandal. 

Governor Ralph Northam—a limp Democrat who only won his post because he was facing off against even limper GOP candidate Ed Gillispie—is currently under pressure to resign after his medical school yearbook included photos of two men, himself likely one of them, dressed in racist outfits. His potential replacement, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, is also currently under serious accusations of sexual assault. Not content to be left out of the scandal party, state Attorney General Mark Herring confessed today that he ALSO once dressed up in blackface, because, uh, who amongst us? Oh, and the sergeant assigned to monitor protests of Northam now stands accused of having formal ties to White Nationalism.
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It's been a hard week in Virginia.

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Some people have argued that past mistakes should not entirely disqualify leaders, especially if the work they are doing is positive for the state as a whole. Per the Atlantic

Both Herring and Northam have pointed to their progressive work on race since entering politics, hoping that might mitigate their past actions. Herring, perhaps, has done better, with his acknowledgment that the moment haunted him for years, and by getting ahead of the story. Herring may also have more luck in portraying his blackface moment as teenaged idiocy than Northam, whose offenses occurred when he was in medical school. Northam has stumbled both in the revelation that he dressed up in blackface another time and in his unconvincing attempts to explain away the yearbook photo and deny knowledge of it.
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Republicans have not been immune to the scandals sweeping the state. Virginia Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment oversaw the 1968 edition of the Virginia Military Institute yearbook. Per the Virginian-Pilot:

On one page of the yearbook, a student poses in blackface, surrounded by others in costumes at a party. Another page features a photo of two men in blackface holding a football.
The N-word is used at least once. A student listed as being from Bangkok, Thailand, is referred to as a “Chink” and “Jap.”
A blurb under one man’s picture says: “He was known as the 'Barracks Jew’ having his fingers in the finances of the entire Corps.”
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A New York Times reader argued it was unfair to deny these politicians and chance at redemption after their past mistakes. 

As a society we have to ask ourselves: Do we really want to judge all of our politicians by what they did in school? We know that the human brain is not fully developed till about 25 years old. We know that many of us made mistakes in our youth. We passed criminal justice reform to give people a second chance. Should we not do the same for those who have now matured and are running for or hold public office?
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Journalist Wesley Lowery had an idea for the entire state.

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