*Uh oh. Somebody’s got ‘splainin’ ta do. That somebody is Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam who confirmed Friday evening that the photo of a man appearing a person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood in a 1984 medical school yearbook page … is him.
The picture was most likely taken at Eastern Virginia Medical School, which Northam attended. The photos were first published by conservative news site Big League Politics.
The rest of the half-page is filled with pictures of Northam and lists his undergraduate alma mater along with other information about him.
The Democratic governor’s office released a statement Friday evening:
“Earlier today, a website published a photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive. 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. 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.”
Smelling blood in the water, Jack Wilson, the Republican Party of Virginia Chairman, said in a statement that racism had “no place in Virginia” and called the picture “wholly inappropriate.”
“If Governor Northam appeared in blackface or dressed in a KKK robe, he should resign immediately,” Wilson added.
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