Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) apologized for his resurfaced 1984 yearbook web page, which confirmed two unnamed males, one carrying blackface and one other carrying the Ku Klux Klan’s white hood and gown.
“I’m deeply sorry for the choice I made to look as I did on this picture and for the damage that call brought on then and now,” Northam mentioned of the racist picture from the yearbook of Jap Virginia Medical Faculty, which he graduated from in 1984.
He issued a video apology shortly after indicating that he intends to serve out the remainder of his time period.
“That picture and the racist and offensive attitudes it represents doesn’t replicate the particular person I’m in the present day or the best way that I performed myself as a soldier, a physician and a public servant. I’m deeply sorry,” he mentioned within the clip.
“I’m able to do the exhausting work of regaining your belief.”
The picture was first printed by Large League Politics on Friday and was later confirmed by The Virginian Pilot, which obtained a replica of the yearbook. The varsity additionally confirmed the picture to HuffPost.
In his assertion, Northam confirmed that he seems within the picture however didn’t determine which man he’s.
Calling the picture “clearly racist and offensive,” he mentioned that he would work “to heal the injury this conduct has brought on.”
A spokeswoman for Northam didn’t instantly reply to a request to make clear whether or not Northam is the person in blackface or within the KKK outfit, or to clarify why Northam posed for the picture and included it in his yearbook.
Northam’s assertion learn:
Earlier in the present day, a web site printed of me from my 1984 medical college yearbook in a dressing up that’s clearly racist and offensive.
I’m deeply sorry for the choice I made to look as I did on this picture and for the damage that call brought on then and now.
This habits just isn’t in line with who I’m in the present day and the values I’ve fought for all through my profession within the army, in drugs, and in public service. However I need to be clear, I perceive how this resolution shakes Virginians’ religion in that dedication.
I acknowledge that it’s going to take time and severe effort to heal the injury this conduct has brought on. I’m prepared to try this essential work. Step one is to supply my sincerest apology and to state my absolute dedication to dwelling as much as the expectations Virginians set for me after they elected me to be their Governor.
Later Friday, CBS Information discovered that his 1981 yearbook on the Virginia Army Institute lists one among his nicknames as “Coonman.” “Coon” is commonly used as a slur for black folks.
The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus issued a press release after Northam’s apology saying they’re “nonetheless processing” the “disgusting, reprehensible, and offensive” picture.
“These photos rip off the scabs of an excruciatingly painful historical past and are a piercing reminder of this nation’s sins,” the assertion continued.
This text has been up to date with Northam’s video apology.