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King hopes race not a factor in white candidate’s refusal to shake opponent’s hand

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Can you imagine a scenario where a white Republican candidate refused to shake hands with his black Democratic opponent?

The national outcry in such a case would all but ensure that the Republican never runs again. Race hustlers Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would set world records in getting on television to condemn the racist.

But that is what happened in reverse order when white Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam refused to shake hands with his black Republican opponent E.W. Jackson in Virginia.

On camera.

As can be seen in the video, the two men where debating on WTKR, News Channel 3. At the conclusion of the event, Jackson extends an open palm to Northam, who ignores it as he looks straight ahead. Jackson gives Northam a friendly nudge with his hand to ensure that it’s seen, but Northam refuses to take it.

Northam’s crass behavior prompted civil rights leader Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., to call on him to apologize.

“I was saddened to learn today that Lt. Gov. candidate Ralph Northam refused to shake the hands of his opponent E.W. Jackson at the end of a television debate,” King said in a statement to Breitbart News.

“I am deeply burdened by the loss of civility in politics today… I would hope that his refusal to shake hands had nothing to do with the color of his opponent’s skin,” she added.

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