Virginia is not known for being the most racially-progressive state in America, and a recent modification of its academic standards is not going to help its reputation.
The state has issued new standards of academic achievement that change the success expectation based on the race of the student. The move has irritated the Virginia Black Caucus, which considers the standards to be discriminatory. Sen Mamie Locke is especially outraged.
“Nothing is going to work for me if there is a differentiation being established for different groups of students,” said Locke. “Whether that’s race, socio-economic status or intellectual ability. If there is a differentiation, I have a problem with it.”