But even if Mr. Northam does the right thing, what happens after that? Virginia, and the rest of the country for that matter, should use moments like this as an awakening and way to move race relations forward. Instead, there is often immediate outrage, but less often systemic change. Mr. Northam said he would stay in office to help the state heal racial divisions, but he didn’t say how he would do that. He said he wants to take on the hard task of confronting his past. Well, let’s see him do it. Now is the time for Virginia’s leaders to step up.