The yearbook web page for Gov. Ralph Northam (D) from his time at Jap Virginia Medical College incorporates a photograph of a person sporting blackface and one other sporting a Ku Klux Klan outfit standing facet by facet.
The photograph, first revealed by Massive League Politics, is from the college’s 1984 yearbook. A spokesperson for EVMS confirmed the photograph’s authenticity to HuffPost, and clarified that it got here from a “student-produced publication.”
The web page options the governor’s full title with images of him. However off to the facet of the web page is a photograph of two unnamed males dressed within the racist garb. A quote from a Willie Nelson music apparently submitted by Northam says: “There are extra previous drunks than previous medical doctors on this world so I believe I’ll have one other beer.”
In a press release, Northam didn’t specify whether or not he was the person in blackface or within the KKK outfit however stated he was “deeply sorry for the choice I made to look as I did on this photograph and for the damage that call prompted then and now.”
He later issued an apology video indicating that he intends to serve out the remainder of his time period.
“I’m able to do the arduous work of regaining your belief,” he stated.
Later Friday, CBS Information discovered that his 1981 yearbook on the Virginia Navy Institute lists one in every of his nicknames as “Coonman.” “Coon” is commonly used as a slur for black folks.
“Racism has no place in Virginia,” Republican Celebration of Virginia Chairman Jack Wilson stated in a press release. “These footage are wholly inappropriate. If Governor Northam appeared in blackface or wearing a KKK gown, he ought to resign instantly.”
However State Senate Minority Chief Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) defended the governor, The Washington Submit reported.
“His complete life has been about precisely the other, and that’s what it’s worthwhile to look at, not one thing that occurred 30 years in the past, Saslaw instructed the publication. “Whereas it’s in very poor style, I might suppose nobody within the Common Meeting … would love their school conduct examined. I might hate to have to return and look at my two years within the Military. Belief me. I used to be 18 years previous and I used to be a handful, OK? His life since then has been something however. It’s been a lifetime of serving to folks, and lots of occasions free of charge.”
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 footage 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 a press release from the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.