With Virginia’s Gov. Under Fire for Blackface Photo, Now Sate Attny Gen. Also Wore Blackface


With the blackface scandal still raging around Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, news has just broken across the media that the Commonwealth’s Attorney General has now also been forced to apologize for a blackface scandal of his own.

Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat who is the third in line of succession for governor of Virginia, was just called on the carpet for dressing in blackface back in the 1980s when he was a college student.

According to the Associated Press:

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With Gov. Ralph Northam’s career in extreme peril over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, Herring issued a statement saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a rapper during a party as a 19-year-old at the University of Virginia.

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Herring, 57, said he was “deeply, deeply sorry for the pain that I cause with this revelation.”

Herring released a statement apologizing for the costume choice ahead of rumors that images of the party were about to be released.

The Attny. Gen. said that the whole incident “sounds ridiculous even now writing it.”

“That conduct clearly shows that, as a young man, I had a callous and inexcusable lack of awareness and insensitivity to the pain my behavior could inflict on others,” Herring said in his statement.

“This conduct is in no way reflective of the man I have become in the nearly 40 years since,” he explained.

But, even as Herring is apologizing for his own indiscretion, he led Virginia Democrats in calling for the immediate resignation of Governor Northam when photos of his blackface image in a school yearbook was released.

Only last Friday, Herring called Northam’s photo “indefensible” and said it is “no longer possible” for the governor to remain in office.

The state’s political woes grew worse when accusations of sexual assault re-emerged against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

The fourth person in line for the governor’s office is Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox.

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