Originally published Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 07:14p.m.


Remember that old radio and TV show? Two white men, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, played two black men in Manhattan’s Harlem. It was very popular at the time.

Fast forward to today and political correctness as dictated by the media, college-created control of history and a misuse of the English language. No question, there was true racism across the country either in the subtle North or the politically Democrat South. However, most average people were enjoying the humor of “Amos and Andy” as it was humor and not nastiness or racism in their dialogs on the show.

Today, the Democrat governor of Virginia is under attack for having allegedly appeared in his college yearbook in black face in two different pictures. One picture reportedly was of him playing the part of Michael Jackson and another in black face as a slave or in a white hat and robe of a KKK Klansman. It appears as the costumes were for a Halloween party, and each person was holding a can of beer. In the same manner, I recall Halloween parties where one was dressed as a Catholic priest and the partner as a pregnant nun. Today, that would be socially correct, while the slave-Klansman would bring on the charge of a hate crime.

History is history, both good and bad. We should not forger either view of history, but we should not attempt to deny or replace it. A statue of a Southern general on his horse may remind a college student today of the South’s slavery but not require the removal of the statue. It stands as a memory of history bad or good; just history.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) should not be pressured to resign as a result of the photos that appeared in his medical college yearbook coming to light. As with “Amos and Andy” of the 1950s there was no racial disrespect indicated in the governor’s pictures of his distant past. Let us not stir the pot of racial issues past.

Tom Steele

Prescott Valley