Once pro-slave state elects first Black, female Lt. Governor
Virginia's newly elected Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears has forever altered American history. The Sears campaign About page says she "was elected to a majority Black legislative district...[the first] in Virginia since 1865. She consequently also became the first (and still only) Black Republican woman elected to the House, the first female veteran, and the first legal immigrant woman."
VirginiaHistory.org accounts for the state's heinous slave practices between 1825-1860. Millions of Black people were caught in Virginia's statewide slave trade after Congress abolished the international trade in 1808. Domestic trade resulted in horrific conditions for plantation workers as records show African slaves (who made up one-third of the population in 1860) were held in captivity with "the majority of men, women and children [providing services] for their enslavers."
Despite persecution, hardships and oppression, VirginiaHistory.org said, "African Americans resisted the debilitating affects of slavery and created a vital culture supportive of human dignity...enslaved Black people exerted a profound influence on all aspects of American future. Language, music, cuisine and architecture in the United States are all heavily influenced by African traditions and are part of a uniquely American culture."
Sears' ethnicity, gender and economic background is the victim status for which liberals and Democrats advocate overturning systemic inequality. Rather than use Sears' victory to put forth a uniting message, MSNBC's Joy Reid and guest, Michael Dyson, spoke out against the history-making elected executive.
The Daily Caller reported Dyson's comments on Reid's "The Reid Out", saying, "'There is a black mouth moving but a white idea running on the runway of a tongue of a figure who justifies and legitimates the white supremacist practices. We know we can internalize in our own minds, in our own subconscious, and in our own bodies, the very principles that are undoing us. So to have a black face speaking in behalf of a white supremacist legacy is nothing new.'"
Daily Caller also reported Sears' reply, "'[Democrats] would like us to believe we are back in 1963 when my father came [to America]. In case you haven't noticed, I am black. And I have been black all my life, but that's not what this is about."
CBSNews said, "Throughout her campaign, Sears advocated for increasing pay for teachers and law enforcement, cutting taxes, and expanding veteran care centers. She also said that, as lieutenant governor, she will push for the creation of a Black Virginians Advisory Cabinet for the governor and for a 'once-in-a-generation investment in Historically Black Colleges and Universities.'"
Despite ongoing high profile shooting cases and new weapons legislation, Sears also advocates for Second Amendment rights and lawful gun ownership. During her run, Sears released a controversial poster that shows her holding a military rifle. The campaign also mailed constituents a poster of her "shooting at targets identified as red flag laws, voter fraud, government shutdowns and critical race theory," according to CBS.
In an interview with Fox News, Sears was asked to clarify her statement to Democrat leaders. She said, "We're framing too many issues in terms of race and it just continues to divide us. Unfortunately, politicians are using it as a tool, because of things that have happened to [Black people] historically, to advance, I would think, their nefarious purposes."
She continued, "If we stop looking at race and just [look] at people, because you see, I'm destroying all the narratives about race. Look at me, look at me. I am a heartbeat away from the governship...So, how are you going to tell me I'm a victim? And I didn't do anything special to get here except stay in school and study. I took advantage of the opportunities that are available here in America...You're looking at the American Dream!"
In response to Reid, Sears said, "I wish Joy Reid would invite me on her show. Let's see if she's woman enough to do that. I'd go in a heartbeat and we'd have a real discussion without [her] speaking about me behind my back...Joy, get your facts straight and then come talk to me. I'm waiting for you."