VA Governor’s Medical School Yearbook Page Shows Blackface & Ku Klux Klan Robe


Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page shows two men one in blackface and one dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe.

It’s a yearbook picture, so he’s either in blackface or the Klan hood. He won his seat in part because he put out a despicable ad against his Republican opponent accusing him of racism.

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Pilot Online:

A photo from Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook shows two men, one in blackface and one in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood, on the same page as the governor.

The photo, which The Virginian-Pilot obtained a copy of Friday from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library, comes from the 1984 yearbook, the year Northam graduated.

On the half-page set aside for Northam, there is a headshot of him in a jacket and tie, a photo of him in a cowboy hat and boots and a third of him sitting casually on the ground, leaning against a convertible.

The fourth photo on the half-page has two people, one wearing white Ku Klux Klan robes and a hood, the other with his face painted black. The person with the black face is also wearing a white hat, black jacket, white shirt with a bow tie and plaid pants. Both are holding canned drinks. More

In a statement on Friday Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat confirmed that he appears in the photo “in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive,” but did not specify which person is him:

“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,” Northam said. “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. 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.” 

If this were a Republican, it would be on every MSM news channel, all day.

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