Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

HORRIFIC racist photo found in Democrat Governor Ralph Northam’s yearbook sparks apology

HORRIFIC racist photo found in Democrat Governor Ralph Northam’s yearbook sparks apology

Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam reportedly has been calling state lawmakers on Saturday saying he doesn't believe it was him in the racist image in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

The Ku Klux Klan is one of the oldest and most infamous hate groups in the USA, and has targeted African Americans, Jews, Catholics and immigrants, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups. Jennifer Wexton, called the photo "racist and deeply offensive" and said it was "not reflective of the man and friend I've known the past six years". CNN quoted "a top Virginia Democratic source" as saying Northam doesn't remember taking the photo. Republican Governors Association Chairman Governor Pete Ricketts said in a statement later on Friday that Northam had "failed Virginia", and needed to step down.

When she first saw the photo shortly after the yearbook was published, Naidrorf said, "I thought: 'That's very bad.' I assumed it was something at a drunken frat party".

That was a critical signal to the governor, who little more than a year ago led his party to massive wins in the 2017 elections, bringing Democrats to within a single seat of sharing control of the state House.

"We stand with Democrats across Virginia and the country calling him to immediately resign", they wrote.

The Democratic Party of Virginia said in a statement Saturday that Northam should step down immediately and be replaced by Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

As IJR Red reported, both Virginia Sens.

One day after addressing the backlash for supporting a state measure that would significantly loosen restrictions on late-term abortions in Virginia, photos of two people on Governor Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page have surfaced.

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It is unclear which of the men pictured is Northam, then 25, who is in the middle of his first term as governor. The Virginian-Pilot later obtained a copy from Eastern Virginia Medical School, which Northam attended.

Like other schools, Eastern Virginia Medical School allowed students to pick their own photos for their yearbook page, Naidorf said.

The Democrat was not authorized to speak on the record to detail a private conversation.

Northam apologized Friday for appearing in a photo in which one person is dressed in blackface and another is wearing a full Ku Klux Klan uniform, but has not said he will resign.

Northam also said in his apology that his behavior back then does not reflect who he is today and the values for which he has fought throughout his "career in the military, in medicine, and in public service". 57th District Delegate Toscano Calls on Northam to Resign:"The yearbook photograph of Governor Ralph Northam that went viral yesterday is outrageously offensive and deeply troubling. The EVMS library is open to the public and does provide access to its materials", an Eastern Virginia Medical School spokesperson told WUSA9 reporter Mike Valerio. "But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians" faith in that commitment. After long think over, it's not me, even though the photo is on my yearbook page.

And NJ Governor Phil Murphy called on Northam to resign.

The governor, who was elected to the position in November 2017, is now facing calls to resign. Louise Lucas told AP that Northam believes he can prove the image wasn't him, and a New York Times report released Saturday reported he is willing to employ facial recognition software to prove it. "It's sad but eerily prophetic this revelation came during Black History Month; but while we uplift the current and historical achievements of African Americans, we must also acknowledge the extent to which racism is a part of our history in America".

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