Commission uncovers racially discriminatory language in Virginia law

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A commission launched by Gov. Northam released its initial report on racially discriminatory language in Virginia law.

(PHOTO: Courtesy of The Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A commission launched by Gov. Northam released its initial report on racially discriminatory language in Virginia law.

The Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law found numerous instances of laws that have overtly discriminatory language.

Northam spoke at the presentation of the Commission’s report in Richmond today, Dec.5.

“If we are going to move forward as a Commonwealth, we must take an honest look at our past,” said Gov. Northam.

The outdated laws include banning school integration, prohibiting black and white Virginians from living in the same neighborhoods, and prohibiting interracial marriage.

According to the governor’s statement, while many of the laws have been overturned by court legislations or later legislation, the discriminatory laws “remain enshrined in law.”

“Repeal of these outdated, unjust, and in many cases plainly racist Acts of Assembly is an important step in recognizing and correcting the sins of the past,” said Chief Deputy Attorney General of Virginia Cynthia Hudson, Chair of the Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law.

The Commission will also identify laws that appear race-neutral but have discriminatory outcomes. You can find a copy of the Commission’s ongoing report here.

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