Ralph Northam, the governor of the US state of Virginia, announced that he had pardoned 7 black men who were executed for raping a white woman in 1951.
In his written statement, Northam announced that he had taken further action against 7 blacks who were sentenced to death by an all-white jury for raping a white woman and executed in 1951.
Recalling that the 7 people in question were executed on the electric chair, Northam said he had granted amnesty to these people.
Northam noted that state records showed 45 black people were executed for “rape” between 1908 and 1951, and that he hopes the move, made 70 years later, will raise awareness of racial inequalities in the country. country.
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In a petition they sent to Northam in December 2020, black rights groups argued that the legal process for the 7 people in question was questionable and that they had only been executed because of their skin color.