8/24/19 Michelle Thomas, President, NAACP-Loudoun: Northam Names Thomas to Commission on African American History Education
6/6/19 Michelle Thomas, President, NAACP-Loudoun: “If it’s not you, then who? And if he doesn’t want to disclose that, there is no moving forward. You can’t move forward on a lie. You’ve gotta tell the truth about it.”
2/2/19 Michelle Thomas, President, NAACP-Loudoun: “The NAACP Loudoun Branch calls for the immediate resignation of Governor Ralph Northam, as he has breached the public trust of Virginians thus can no longer serve effectively as the head of our Commonwealth“
- 2/2/19 Michelle Thomas, President of the Loudoun NAACP called for Northam’s head for his blackface stunt (see below)
- 2/24/19 Michelle Thomas, President of the Loudoun NAACP was appointed to the LCPS Ad Hoc Equity Committee
- 5/24/19 Michelle Thomas, President of the Loudoun NAACP file complaint with VA AG that LCPS is full of racists
- 8/24/19 Michelle Thomas, President of the Loudoun NAACP accepts Northam’s nomination to the Commission on African American History Education
Hmmm, sure seems like Michelle Thomas went from “fire Northam” to being appointed by Northam to a Commission that will rewrite Virginia history in (6) short months. I guess his blackface stunt or Mark Herrings for that matter, bothered the NAACP as much as they claimed on 2/2/19. As far as I know, Northam is still the Governor and somehow he was able to regain Michelle Thomas’s trust, after all, she said that couldn’t happen in the amount of time he has left in office. Amazing turn of events, Northam is still Governor and the Loudoun NAACP has become more embolden and feels as if they run the show, any show and all shows. I have no facts to prove what I’m suggesting, but from where I sit, sure seems like the NAACP doesn’t really care about certain white folks wearing blackface….that they can possibly benefit from.
“The Loudoun branch of the NAACP was shocked today to learn of the picture in Governor Ralph Northam’s medical yearbook from 1984, which depicts one person in “blackface” and another in the costume of the domestic terrorist organization, the KKK, of which Virginia still has three active cells. The Loudoun NAACP stands with the national NAACP President Derrick Johnson in calling for Governor Northam to resign.
Pastor Michelle Thomas, Loudoun NAACP President noted, “When a person is truly reformed, full disclosure is no longer optional, rather a part of the continuing process of amends, healing, and redemption. To target African American churches while campaigning in elections, infiltrate our communities and garner the financial support and votes of people of color statewide, while remaining silent about your participation in racist antics as a 25 year old adult, is predatory, reprehensible and has eroded the basic foundation of government– trust between himself and the public”.
Virginia deserves a governor who does not view making light of a domestic terrorist organization and mimicking hurtful tropes as something to be admitted to and then quickly forgotten at a time when hate groups, hate crimes and even bullying based on ethnicity in schools in Virginia is on the rise. Virginia deserves a governor who exemplifies what is best about Virginia, understands how atrocious and wholly unacceptable anything less than complete condemnation of white supremacist, white nationalist, and neo-nazi groups is. The Governor has spoken about regaining trust, but that kind of trust takes more time to rebuild than Northam has remaining in his term.
The NAACP Loudoun Branch calls for the immediate resignation of Governor Ralph Northam, as he has breached the public trust of Virginians thus can no longer serve effectively as the head of our Commonwealth and continues to display genuine contempt for the African American community by not identifying himself or his colleague in the blackface/KKK photo. Virginia is better than this and must continue to hold our elected officials to the highest standard of integrity and transparency. Let us unite in our efforts to move Virginia forward and remain prayerful for Gov. Ralph Northam and his family during the difficult days ahead!
Going Forward Together,
Pastor Michelle C. Thomas