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Northam Blackface

Background Information
This is the 1984 college yearbook of Governor Northam of Virginia. This image was circulated to force him to resign. The meme uses the term "Doctor Mengele" to refer to the notorious Nazi German who performed experiments on Jews. Northam has been criticized for his support of Planned Parenthood.
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This is harmful propaganda that distorts the reputation of a politician for political purposes.

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    NN
    Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:13
    NN
    This is a strange meme, indeed. For those who see abortion as a form of murder, perhaps this kind of propaganda can be justified. Gov. Northam, a Democrat, was asked about a controversial new abortion bill changing the policy on 3rd trimester abortions. His response discussed what would happen if a child was born after a failed attempt at abortion, he said, “The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” Critics interpreted this statement as his support for infanticide. He denies that was his meaning, but the anti-abortion folks are angry.

    Additional context is noteworthy: the pro-abortion Planned Parenthood (which gave him $2 million in campaign funding) has called for his resignation as a result of the photo. Everybody's mad at Northam, it seems.
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    Hannah Johnson
    Thu, 02/07/2019 - 03:55
    Hannah Johnson
    This meme is very harmful and very serious. Some may agree with the meme, some definitely do not. Politics can get very dirty and things come up from the past or even present. This meme is a prime example of harsh political moves.
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    vito priore
    Fri, 02/08/2019 - 19:15
    vito priore
    This is a harmful piece of propaganda to me. This is a perfect example of a political move to try and remove someone from office. I also do not think it is all that effective of a meme as some people probably have some background but not everyone know who Dr. Mengele is a and what exactly he did. Wether you agree with his decision or not I don't think he should be compared to a holocaust time doctor who essentially tortured people to death for a living.
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    Rachael Hindle
    Fri, 02/08/2019 - 22:05
    Rachael Hindle
    I think this propaganda is very harmful because even though he did something that was 100% not okay, it is very extreme and harming to compare him to someone who did unethical experiments during Nazi Germany. Although what he did was wrong he should not be compared to someone of this extreme especially since he knows what he did wrong.
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    Taylor Stickles
    Sat, 02/09/2019 - 01:49
    Taylor Stickles
    I find this piece of propaganda to be very harmful. It aims to harm the governor's reputation, and no matter what you think of him, it is wrong. It may also be very offensive to people who have been victimized by Nazi Germany. This kind of propaganda is not helpful and was only created to seriously harm someone, hence how it was produced to force the governor to resign.

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