Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is reportedly resisting requires his resignation over a lately surfaced racist photograph from his medical college yearbook.
In an announcement demanding that Northam resign, the Democratic Celebration of Virginia additionally famous it had “gotten phrase he is not going to accomplish that this morning.”
Within the assertion, Virginia Democrats stated Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax ought to take over for Northam to “heal Virginia’s wounds and transfer us ahead.”
Northam has confronted mounting calls for for his resignation after his web page from the 1984 Jap Virginia Medical Faculty yearbook surfaced this week. One of many images on the web page reveals a person sporting blackface posing subsequent to a person in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.
He apologized for the photograph on Friday, suggesting that he was one of many males pictured. He additionally said that he meant to serve out the remainder of his time period.
Nonetheless, The New York Occasions reported Saturday that Northam now says he has no recollection of the photograph and doesn’t consider he is without doubt one of the males within the picture. The Occasions additionally reported that the governor has been reaching out to his former classmates in an try to find out who was within the photograph.
On Saturday afternoon, Jap Virginia Medical Faculty President Richard V. Homan launched an announcement condemning the photograph as “shockingly abhorrent and completely antithetical to the rules, morals and values we maintain and espouse.”
Homan, who has been with the varsity since 2012, additionally said that “racism and discrimination in any kind is just not acceptable” and apologized for the picture on behalf of the establishment.
Sebastian Murdock contributed reporting.