May 9, 2023
"'Equity' isn't the enemy, racial injustice is." --Richmond Times Dispatch
Those who dispute the presence of systemic racism need to answer the question, "Why?" Why do racial disparities exist in virtually every measure of quality of American life--from family net worth to life expectancy to home ownership. Read Margaret's answer
February 7, 2023
Flyleaf Books and Carolina Public Humanities (Chapel Hill, NC)
Conversation among Margaret; Dr. Lloyd Kramer, professor of history and director of Carolina Public Humanities at the University of North Carolina; and Dianne Jackson, retired educator, equal justice advocate, and Richmond native.
December 22, 2022
Cardinal News: "New book gives behind-the-scenes account of former Governor Northam's tumultuous term."
"Fascinating for the behind-the-scenes account of how the scandal unfolded and then what happened for the rest of Northam's term. . . .The real value is in the last five words of the subtitle: 'a racial reckoning in Virginia.' Those will be the hardest part of the book for many white readers. . . ." Read more
November 5, 2022
Richmond Times Dispatch Column: "Blinded by What We Can't See" by Margaret Edds
Critical race theory emerged as the bête noire of the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial campaign. The concept ought not to be taught, candidate Glenn Youngkin said to loud applause, because it is inherently divisive. It also might make children (white) feel badly about themselves.
That’s possibly true, though not necessarily — just as it also is true that Americans are almost daily assaulted with evidence that critical race theory is more than theoretical. . . .As former Governor Ralph Northam was fond of saying, “the eyes can’t see what the mind doesn’t know.” Because many Americans have not paid attention to systemic racism or experienced it themselves, it is easy to conclude that it does not exist. Yet, recent headlines are rife with examples. . . . . .Read more
September 15, 2022
Style Weekly: "Margaret Edds latest book looks at why Northam was one of our most consequential governors in years. . . .Edds provides a lot of detailed reporting about the Northam administration that had been missing." Read more
August 11, 2022
AP News: What the Eyes Can’t See “offers new details about the 2019 scandal and the former governor’s remarkable political survival. . . .The book details Northam’s decision to remain in office despite tremendous pressure, as well as the steps he took to become better informed about the legacy of racism, redeem his reputation and work with Black leaders to sharpen his administration’s focus on racial justice." Read More
Descendants of the Martinsville Seven respond to the surprise pardon of their ancestors by Governor Northam. Photographer Jack Mayer.
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, massive crowds of protesters march through Richmond streets. Richmond Free Press, Photographer Sandra Sellars.