Democrats called for Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s immediate resignation after the release of an old yearbook photo in which he appears in either blackface or a Ku Klux Klan costume.
One of the pictures on an Eastern Virginia Medical School’s 1984 yearbook page included a man in blackface and a bow tie standing next to another person in a Ku Klux Klan-style robe and hood. The photo, first published by conservative blog Big League Politics, spread across social media channels and prompted an apology from Northam.
“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,” Northam said in a written statement. “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.”
“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.”
But despite his apology, Democrats, including candidates in the 2020 US presidential election, have called for his immediate ouster: