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Alexsis Rodgers, president of Virginia Young Democrats, is one of the disappointed constituents who worked hard to elect some of the officials at the center of the Virginia controversies. Now, Rodgers says, the state Democratic Party must develop diverse leaders before there's another crisis. Joe Russell/Courtesy of Alexsis Rodgers hide caption

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Chef Ari Coleman calls the news that two top Virginia politicians have dressed in blackface "not acceptable" and "ridiculous." Mallory Noe-Payne/WVTF hide caption

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'Racism ... Just Gets A New Face': Virginians React To Leadership Controversies

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A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stands at the center of Lee Circle along Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. The commonwealth of Virginia has a complicated racial history that underpins many of today's political controversies. Salwan Georges/Getty Images hide caption

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