Interview with Debbie Hines on Gov. Northam and “Blackface”


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My guest on RIGHT IN DC is Debbie Hines, a practicing trial attorney who lives in Washington, DC. She has a boutique law firm practice focused on civil and criminal law. After graduating from George Washington University School of Law, she started her career in Baltimore as a prosecutor where she tried homicides, attempted murders, rapes, burglaries, robberies, narcotics, and economic crimes before juries and participated in grand jury investigations. She then went into private practice where she represented clients in courtrooms in jury trials across the country and has tried cases in federal courts, appellate and local state courts. Debbie frequently appears in the media as a legal commentator and legal analyst addressing high profile legal cases. We first met when we were recently on a law panel on Laura Ingraham’s show on Fox News. In this interview, we discuss: • Historical reasons behind doing “blackface” and why it is so negative and demeaning • Virginia Gov. Northam’s handling of the revelation of an offensive photos on his med school yearbook page • What a picture of it in a yearbook communicates? • What she thought of his advisors/PR team in dealing with this crisis; what he should have done • 400 years after Virginia first brought slaves to America, people are still belittling African-Americans • What she thinks about Northam’s refusal to resign; what she thinks will happen • How this may harm the Democratic Party in Virginia • How Northam could have used this as a teaching moment • Her thoughts on Sen. Al Franken’s infamous photo MORE - - - - Gayle Totter's Website: Support Gayle's RIGHT IN DC Podcasts:

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