Black Elected Officials
These events have been shown to be a form of “white backlash” working to keep Black officeholders out of power.
The walkout didn't stop the vote, but Black senators would rather withhold their participation instead of engaging in a sham process that does not honor and respect the experiences and history of many within the state.
On Sept. 8, Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker announced her painful decision to withdraw from this year's City Council race, a choice she explained was extremely "difficult." Walker became the city's first Black female mayor in 2017.
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