Virginia panel slides to the drop-laws with explicitly racist language and racial separation policy”

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A state Commission in Virginia on Thursday called for the repeal of the outdated, racist laws, the law of segregation, excluded, interracial marriage and prevented black voters from casting ballots, among other measures.

In his 72-page report to the Commission, Racial inequality, said found it “deeply disturbing” instances “, to adopt the explicitly racist language and racial separation policies,” the reports from 1900 to 1960, The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“If we’re going to move forward, as a Commonwealth, we must take an honest look at our past,” democratic Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement. “We know that racial discrimination is rooted in many of the laws that governed our Commonwealth. Today is an important step towards the creation of more equality, justice and inclusion, Virginia.”

Although most of the laws have no legal effect, they are still legally, the nine-member Commission created by Northam said.

“Some of these laws were made invalid by changing the Virginia Constitution, a landmark civil rights cases, or legislation, it is clear that Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Hudson, the Commission Chairman, said the remains of the Virginia segregation in the past, sitting still on the books,” at a press conference.

In this Feb. 2, 2019 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a press conference in the Governor’s Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond. A Commission, Northam with the task, the exploration of the racist laws from the state last Thursday recommended that dozens be repealed, to cleaning up the national books of discriminatory language. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, file)

The panel said that, although most of the laws were declared unconstitutional, they could still be revived by a court.

The laws in question focused on three different periods: to overwrite When Virginia adopted laws, reconstruction-era politics, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the Civil Rights movement.

A 1956 determination exempt the student from participating in racially integrated schools.

“Notwithstanding the other provisions of the act, and no child is obligated to register or attend a school where both white and colored children are enrolled,” reads the law.

Another from the same year to grant to local governments to private school vouchers to white students who refuse to attend integrated schools.

As Gov., Ralph Northam, left, looks to Examine the Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Hudson, left, addresses a gathering as it is presented in the report of The Commission of Racial inequality in Virginia Law in Richmond, Va., on Thursday. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Others contain a 1918 action forced people of different races are treated, in the case of tuberculosis in different facilities and laws that support more housing and traffic segregation.

The Commission declined to make a recommendation about the laws in the early 1900s, with a view to the creation of the Confederacy, the memorials and the granting of pensions to Confederate sympathizers.

The decision was made on the basis of the “sensitive nature of this issue” and the possibility that the state legislature can take action on the problems in the year 2020, according to the paper.


The Commission will also continue to look at other laws in the year 2020, which appear to be “race-neutral or non-discriminatory on their face, the effect of the cementation of discrimination and racial inequality,” according to Northam’s office.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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