Governor of Virginia apologizes for racist image

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s yearbook page shows men with black face and KKK tunic

A yearbook photo medical school governor Virginia, Ralph Northam, has been revealed and shows a man with a black face and one with a robe and a hood KKK.

Northam, a pediatric neurologist, graduated from medical school in Norfolk, Virginia in 1984. The revelation of the shocking image comes days after Northam provoked national fury among conservatives with comments that seemed to support postpartum abortions.

It is not clear who the people in the picture are, but the rest of the half page shows photos of Northam, wearing a jacket and tie, a cowboy hat and next to a car, under his name. The page lists your undergraduate alma mater and your interest as a pediatrician.

Ralph Northam apologized for controversial racist photography

The governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam (D), acknowledged on Friday that he had appeared in a photograph “clearly racist and offensive” in his yearbook of the medical school of 1984 that shows a man with black face and another with a Ku Klux robe Klan.

“I deeply regret the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the damage that decision caused at that time,” he said. “This behavior is not in accordance with what I am today and the values ​​that I have fought for throughout my career in the military, medicine and public service. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes the faith of the Virginians in that commitment.

“Northam, 59, did not say if it was the man dressed in a black robe or KKK tunic. Several associations asked for his resignation, it started as a trickle, but soon it became a flood. The petition came from all corners: NAACP, Planned Parenthood, the Association of Republican Governors, the Republican Party of the state and some national Democrats, including presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, and even singer John Legend.

The governor of Virginia, the Democrat Ralph Northam, apologized this Friday for a racist photo in his 1984 academic yearbook in which a man with a black mask and another with a dress of the Ku Klux Klan appears. The photo appeared on a conservative web and caused a political earthquake throughout the country but especially in Virginia, which still has open the wounds of a racist past.

The image also prompted calls for his resignation both Republicans and Democrats.

“I am very sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the damage that decision caused then and now,” Northam said in a statement.

“That photo and the racist and offensive attitude it represents, do not reflect who I am today,” he added in a video below. Northam, who is 59 years old and in 1984 was 25, did not clarify whether dressed in black or dressed in the characteristic clothes of the Ku Klux Klan.

The photograph is part of the Northam page in the 1984 yearbook of the Eastern Virginia Medical School, along with three other images of the governor today, one in a suit and tie, another with his convertible Corvette and the last one with country clothes. In the controversial image, the two people appear with apparent beer cans in their hands.

With the appearance of photography, the calls for his resignation among all political sectors, from the National Association for the Advancement of People of Color (NAACP) and the Republican Party of Virginia to the Democratic Candidates to the White House Kamala Harris and Julián Castro.

Northam, however, showed his intention to finish his term, which runs until January 2022.

“I accept responsibility for my past actions and I am ready to do hard work to recover your confidence, I have fought for the last year as governor for a better Virginia for everyone and I am committed to continuing that fight until the end of my life. Mandate, “Northam said in the video.

Should Northam succumb to calls for his resignation, he would be replaced by the current lieutenant governor, black Justin Fairfax.

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