Desmond Tutu Knew Justice Had to Include Forgiveness

Contemporary activists can benefit from Tutu’s ideas about restorative justice and strengthen their quest for fundamental fairness.

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A Civil War-Era Time Capsule Is Opened. Inside Are More Mysteries.

Conservators spent hours carefully prying open the container, which had been hidden beneath a monument to the Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

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Virginia to Remove Robert E. Lee Statue From State Capital

The nation’s largest Confederate memorial was erected in 1890, the first of six monuments that became symbols of white power along the main boulevard in Richmond.

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Virginia Supreme Court Clears Path for Removal of Robert E. Lee Statue

Two unanimous rulings allow Gov. Ralph Northam to remove the statue from its prominent spot on Monument Avenue in Richmond.

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Martinsville 7 Are Pardoned by Virginia 70 Years After Execution for Rape

For decades, family members of the men, known as the Martinsville Seven, contended that they were denied due process. Gov. Ralph S. Northam agreed.

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The Transformation of Ralph Northam

How the Virginia governor who was embroiled in a blackface scandal became the most racially progressive leader in the state’s history.

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Black Virginians Took Ralph Northam Back. Neither Has Forgotten.

Virginia’s governor survived a blackface scandal with the help of Black Democrats, who saw a chance for policy concessions. Both got more from the relationship than they could have imagined.

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Ralph Northam Reflects on His Journey Back From the Edge

When a racist picture was discovered on his yearbook page, the governor of Virginia refused to resign. Now he’s leaving office with a widely praised progressive record on racial justice.

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Terry McAuliffe Wins Democratic Nomination for Governor in Virginia

Mr. McAuliffe, who previously served as governor, overcame four rivals, benefiting from the support of the party establishment. His victory set up a general election race against a wealthy Republican, Glenn Youngkin.

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What to Know About Virginia’s Democratic Primaries

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is seeking his old job, and Democrats will square off in races for lieutenant governor and attorney general.

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In Virginia, a Fight Over the Suburbs in the Governor’s Race

Glenn Youngkin, a first-time candidate with vast wealth, will deliver a pro-business message intended to win over suburban voters. Democrats plan to portray him as a Trump devotee.

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In the Virginia Governor’s Race, Can Anyone Take On Terry McAuliffe?

Once again, the state is shaping up to be a case study in the complexities around the politics of race and power.

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Virginia, the Old Confederacy’s Heart, Becomes a Voting Rights Bastion

For nearly 50 years, the state was subject to Voting Rights Act rules meant to deter racial discrimination. Those federal guidelines are now shredded, but Virginia just recreated them on its own.

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Stop the Executions, President Biden

Virginia’s move to end the death penalty was a welcome step. The administration can do more.

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Virginia Becomes First Southern State to Abolish the Death Penalty

“Ending the death penalty comes down to one fundamental question, one question: Is it fair?” said Gov. Ralph Northam, who signed the bill on Wednesday.

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University Finds 18th-Century Schoolhouse Where Black Children Learned to Read

The Bray School, which taught Christianity and reading to free and enslaved Black children, was found tucked inside a campus building at William & Mary in Virginia.

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Summer School Is a Hot Idea Right Now. Could It Work?

Numerous obstacles make extending the school year a tough proposition, but the Biden administration wants to put billions behind it as a way of offsetting pandemic-era learning losses.

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Move to Abolish Death Penalty Signals Liberal Power in Virginia

Democrats in control of the Legislature are pushing for a ban on executions, the latest policy change in an ascendant progressive agenda in the state.

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Virginia Governor Can Remove Robert E. Lee Statue, but Not Yet, Judge Rules

The judge affirmed an order by Gov. Ralph Northam but allowed the monument to remain while local residents appeal the decision.

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Richmond’s Robert E. Lee Statue Can Come Down, but Not Yet, Judge Rules

The judge affirmed an order by Gov. Ralph Northam but allowed the monument to remain while local residents appeal the decision.

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V.M.I. Head Resigns Amid Review of Racism on Campus

A week after the governor ordered an investigation into reports of racism at the college, Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III says the governor and other officials have lost confidence in his leadership.

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Virginia Governor Was Also a Possible Target of Anti-Government Plot, F.B.I. Says

Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia was discussed as a possible target by members of an anti-government group charged with plotting to kidnap the Michigan governor, the F.B.I. said.

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Getting the Virus Can Change a Politician’s Mind, Say Some Who Had It

“There is no zealot like a convert,” said a small-town Republican mayor who has embraced masks since catching the virus.

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A Virginia Town Built Around Confederate Generals Re-Examines Its Identity

In Lexington, Va., where Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are buried, people are reassessing the town’s ties to a legacy that symbolizes slavery and oppression.

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Falwell’s Blackface Tweet Brings Racial Dissent to Liberty University

A tweet by Liberty University’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., has sparked an angry protest in the evangelical college’s community and a rare apology from Mr. Falwell.

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Virginia Governor Plans to Order Robert E. Lee Statue Removed

A statue of the Confederate general in Richmond is controlled by the state, but the city’s mayor said he would propose a bill to remove additional Confederate monuments there.

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As a Federal Coronavirus Expert Frets, the Capital Moves to Reopen

Like many areas around the country, Washington and its suburbs are embracing positive momentum in data on infections to push ahead.

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Washington, the Nation’s Capital, Moves to Reopen. Washington, the City, Is Not Ready.

As the coronavirus hits the White House, Congress and D.C.’s poorest areas, many across the region are asking the Trump administration to proceed with caution.

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Coronavirus and Reopening: Governors Say They Lack Tests as Trump Administration Says Supply Adequate

Democratic and Republican governors bristled at claims from the Trump administration that the supply of tests was adequate to move firmly toward reopening the country.

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Bishop Who Defied Social Distancing Dies After Contracting Covid-19, Church Says

The death of Bishop Gerald O. Glenn of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Chesterfield, Va., was announced during Easter services.

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Virginia’s New Laws on L.G.B.T. Protections, Guns and Marijuana Reflect a Shift in Power

The measures came about after Democrats took control of the Legislature for the first time in more than two decades last year.

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This Is Not the Moment for Progressives to Despair

Disappointed supporters of Bernie Sanders can actually get a lot of what they want through the medium of Joe Biden.

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