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Virginia’s lieutenant governor-elect, Republican Winsome Sears, said Sunday that her victory is because voters are fed up with racist black-on-white rhetoric.
“They’re tired of the Black against White and the Asian against Latino,” Sears said in a Fox News interview. “They’re tired of it, and they’re tired of politicians who won’t let the wounds of the past heal.”
Sears’ example against racist rhetoric
Sears, who became the first black woman to be elected to the office of lieutenant governor of Virginia, stressed the importance of teaching history and avoiding repeating the mistakes of the past, but believes that this does not require harming anyone.
“I certainly don’t want the sins of the past to be repeated,” Sears told Chris Wallace. “We don’t have to tear one person down in order to build another up. That’s no way to be. That’s not America.”
Her story of striving and overcoming is one of the examples Sears brings to the table in defending her position. The Republican emigrated from Jamaica and served in the Navy long before she thought about politics, and insists that being a woman or black has nothing to do with her potential and preparedness.
“Everything I’ve had, I’ve had to work for. No one gave me anything. Sometimes, what happens to you isn’t because you’re Black or because you’re a woman. It’s simply life. I mean, some days you’re the pigeon and some days you’re the statue: it’s just life,” the Republican stated.
From her position as lieutenant governor-elect, Sears believes she can become an example for the next generations, “because I didn’t do anything special except stay in school and study. And I never let anyone walk over me”.