Group holds "Unite Against Racism" rally in Staunton

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — A group of people rallied outside of the Augusta County Courthouse Thursday evening to "Unite Against Racism" in the government.

This rally comes less than a week after Governor Ralph Northam apologized for aracist picture on his yearbook page, and Attorney General Mark Herring admitted to wearing blackface.

The SAW Democratic Committee organized the event, and people held signs that read things like "#ResignRacists" and "Uproot White Supremacy."

Linda Revis, Vice Chairman of the Augusta County Democratic Committee, said the the group could not ignore what has been seen in Virginia politics in the past week.

"The fact that you do not understand that appearing in blackface is derogatory, demeaning, and insulting to people of color has given a huge blemish on the Democratic committee," said Revis. "We don't stand for that. We don't care if you're Democrat, Republican, or no political affiliation, there is no place for racism."

Following Northam apologizing for the racist picture and then denying that the photo is of him, several organizations have called on the governor to step down. Revis said his backtracking has made it difficult for him to be trusted.

"We have all made mistakes in our past, but we have lost confidence in him as a result of him flip-flopping back and forth. It was me, it wasn't me," said Revis. "Just for that reason, we've lost trust. How do we know which of his truths to believe?"

While the Democratic Committee has not made formal statements regarding other Virginia leaders in the middle of scandal, like an accusation of sexual assault against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, Revis said the organization is asking all leaders to realize their power and use it appropriately.

"We don't want racism in our locale, in our state, or our country," said Revis. 'We're not so naive to believe that it will happen overnight, but it's got to start somewhere."