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

Virginia governor apologizes for racist yearbook photo

Virginia governor apologizes for racist yearbook photo

The fallout continues over a decades-old racially offensive photo on the medical school yearbook page of Governor Ralph Northam.

The governor of the U.S. state of Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam, was embroiled in controversy on Friday, when a racist photo from his university yearbook page was released by an online media outlet. Northam, a pediatric neurologist, graduated from the medical school in Norfolk in 1984 after earning an undergraduate degree from Virginia Military Institute.

The paper later obtained the 1984 yearbook from the Eastern Virginia Medical School and confirmed that the yearbook page exists.

He 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. "I am committed to continuing that fight through the remainder of my term, and living up to the expectations you set for me when you elected me to serve".

Northam did not specify which outfit he was wearing in the image, which has prompted calls for him to resign.

Black lawmakers said they met with Northam Friday evening, and said in a statement they appreciate his service.

"He held back some critical information", Sabato said.

Northam was elected in 2017, defeating former Republican Party Chairman Ed Gillespie, in a year in which Democrats almost retook the Virginia House of Delegates for the first time in decades.

Deray Mckesson, an influential African American activist and podcaster, tweeted Friday, "Northam should resign". "The attention of the United States and the world is focused on Virginia and the agenda of our democratic colleagues on the issues of abortion".

"There just comes a moment when you say, 'that's it, '" Sabato said. Dawn Adams of Richmond, said they would pull their support.

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His comments came in support of the Repeal Act, a Democrat-backed bill that would have changed abortion legality in Virginia. Fairfax is African-American, and now serves as Northam's lieutenant-governor.

"House Republicans have used their majority to try to shame women - to try to bully and dictate to women what we can and cannot do with our bodies", Filler-Corn said. Her husband chose their engagement photo and some other personal pictures.

Northam's predecessor, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, tweeted "it's Ralph to step down, and for the Commonwealth to move forward". There is no place for Gov. Ralph Northam's racist actions or language. "There are no excuses for such a racist display".

"We've often wondered over the last 10 years or so why someone didn't dig this up sooner", said Joan Naidorf, a nonpracticing emergency room physician who lives in Alexandria. "Virginia Democrats are on the side of ensuring women have access to the healthcare they need".

Members of the state Legislature's Black Caucus stopped short late Friday of demanding Northam step down but said, "What has been revealed is disgusting, reprehensible, and offensive. There is no is an indelible reminder that racism is not a relic of the past, but deeply embedded in our society".

A response Del. Tran gave to the House subcommittee considering her bill on Monday went viral. It's much harder to condemn our friends. Virginia has a complicated racial history and past, and those pictures certainly reflect that.

The origins of blackface date to minstrel shows from the 19th century, when white actors covered themselves in black grease paint to portray African Americans but in a cartoonish, dehumanising way.

The page also included Mr Northam's full name and other photos of the politician. Who knows, but it's wild to think about the "alternate history" timelines here...

"However, constituents' trust in their elected officials is paramount". The Washington Post's story was cheerily content to accept Northam's press statement uncritically, offering us the daffily content-free summation "Northam's office later made clear the governor was talking about prognosis and medical treatment, not ending the life of a delivered baby".

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), a 2020 hopeful, also did not immediately call for Northam's resignation.

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