The state of Virginia is getting what it deserves. It elected Republican Trump-supporter Glenn Youngkin as its governor in its most recent election, and Youngkin took office on January 15, 2022. He is now pushing conservative policies including banning masks in schools and urging parents to report teachers who teach “critical race theory,” who, in other words, include our history of slavery and race prejudice in their curriculum.

It is long since proven that wearing masks reduces the transmission of Covid-19. Discouraging their use is sure to raise the death toll from the disease. And pretending that the U.S. doesn’t have a race problem and downplaying the story of the enslavement of African-Americans is blatantly dishonest and damaging.

This is only the beginning. We’ll see more policy moves like these as Youngkin proceeds. The end result will be that Virginia will fall further and further behind more progressive states. The well-to-do conservatives will succeed in maintaining their hold on the levers of power to the detriment of the middle and lower classes. Most damaged will be he black and brown minorities.

The voters of Virginia got what they asked for. I have no sympathy for them.

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