“This is about righting wrongs”: Virginia governor pardons seven Black men executed in 1951

By Axios

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Tuesday posthumously pardoned seven Black men who were executed for raping a white woman in 1951.Why it matters: The pardons seek to address the racial inequities in the use of the death penalty, which has been disproportionately applied to Black people, specifically in the first half of the 20th century, AP reports.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.From 1908 to 1951, state records show that all 45 people executed for ra

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