(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Governor Ralph Northam admits to racist photo

Picture From 1984 Shows Man In Blackface/Man In KKK Garb

February 01, 2019 - 7:12 pm

Ricmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) -  Governor Ralph Northam (D) admitted late Friday evening that he was in a picture, featuring two men in racist outfits, that began circulating in conservative circles Friday afternoon.  The picture, from the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook, featured one man in blackface, and a second wearing a KKK hood and robe.

Northam, in a statement, said: “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.”

House and Senate Republicans, when contacted by phone, were not ready to comment on the Governor's admission.  Earlier in the day, the leadership did call for an immeadiate explanation of the photo.

Attempts to get further comment from the Governor have been unsuccessful, as well as comments from the State Democratic Party.

The photo capped off a week in which the Governor and Republicans bitterly fought over the abortion issue.