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Images have surfaced of Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam‘s medical school yearbook page from 1984, which contained a photograph of two unidentified men, one in blackface and the other in a Ku Klux Klan costume. There have been calls to resign, but the governor refuses.

On Friday, Northam released a statement, which read, “I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now. This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.”

He also added, “I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused. I am ready to do that important work. The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor.”

Northam admitted he was in the photo but did not say if he was the person in blackface or dressed as member of the KKK, according to the New York Times.

Nonetheless, there  have been several calls for him to resign. Sen. Kamala Harris wrote on Twitter, “Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together.”

Due to even more backlash, he released a video statement on Twitter that said, “My fellow Virginians, earlier today I released a statement apologizing for behavior in my past that falls far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor. I believe you deserve to hear directly from me.” See the full video below:

The pressure if on for him to resigns. If he does, Justin Fairfax, the Lieutenant Governor, will become governor, which would make him Virginia’s first Black governor since 1989.

 

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Governor Of Virginia Refuses To Resign After Racist Images Surface was originally published on newsone.com

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20 thoughts on “Governor Of Virginia Refuses To Resign After Racist Images Surface

  1. Down south those bigots runs as a Democrat but when elected they vote republican. They been doing it since the turn of the century. Y’all Negros better wake the hell up and smell the coffee

    • Your logic is flawed kind of like your grammar since much of the south is conservative/Republican so it would make no since for a democrat who was a republican not to run as such

      • Thanks for the enlightenment all these years I thought I was just a black man from the southwest

    • See jhuf you’re from the southwest,you’re not from the true south to experience what we experienced in South Carolina, not all blacks have forgiven that Dylan Roof for killing those bible studies parishioners like the people to believe, we want that racist bigot electrocuted.
      This is a republican state but we have Democrat’s that run for office but upon winning they would vote republican when comes to state issues,
      You should hear these talk shows down here how they talk about Tim Scott, you won’t believe your ears.

      • I agree look at the failed policies of the Democratic party when it comes to blacks every city and state run by Dem’s have the highest poverty, crime and death rates for blacks
        Not to mention the lowest education scores at least thanks to Trump unemployment is going down for blacks

  2. Ted Gravely on said:

    Love these old white racists when their bones start falling out of the closets. Just like Mitch McConnell – posing and grinning with his ugly self standing in front of a confederate flag. Just because racist laws no longer exist as the law of the land, doesn’t mean these fools aren’t racist. Every black person has the right to absolutely despise (most) white people. To ask someone to love someone that hates you is antithetical. No comparison – the white man is an evil baste$@. He’s a racist whose magically metamorphosis made you forget that at first he was on his belly.

    • Your comment is the reason i can’t understand how all these blk athletes and movie stars chase after these white women/ men. White ppl hate us.

      • Ted Gravely on said:

        D – they think that’s there in. The white woman gets them in rooms. It takes some of their blackness away. Makes them more appealing. Look at Sidney Poitier. He ain’t been black since 1965. Had a beautiful black wife. Then he thought he would become more famous so a black woman on his arm was not appealing. Old fool. Sidney’s raggedy butt hasn’t won a white award since 1965. What happened? They got him. Got all his money, will own his legacy, and tell the story the way they want. Same with these athletes. The great exception is LeBron, DWade, and Westbrook, ect. They haven’t lost a dime being married to beautiful black women. Oh and for the most part, they stay in the background. Old RG3 is nowhere near as famous and they put his butterfaced white women on everything. It’s a mind game and the weak fall like buzzard food. I’m going to keep hitting them. Like it or leave it.

    • Passing Through!! on said:

      So true Ted, their evil is inherent, natural all driven by an inbred need to be or feel superior. The white male colonizer is the most savage beast on this planet.

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