Protests Again at Governor's Mansion

Comes As Governor Meets With Cabinet Over Photo Controversy

February 04, 2019 - 1:27 pm

Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva) -  As Governor Ralph Northam (D) met with his Cabiney, to try and figure out his next steps in the racist yearbook photo controversy, a small group of protestors held a wide-ranging protest outside the Executive Mansion.  The group called for Northam to step down, in light of the photo that appeared on his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School Yearbook page of a man in blackface and a man in KKK garb.  Northam says he is not in the photo, but also admitted to once doing blackface as part of a dance competition, also in 1984.

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

The protestors drew a line between the yearbook controversy and Northam's support for a pipeline Dominion wants to build through portions of Virginia.   The pipeline is, if built, expected to have some impacts on minority communities, especially the Buckinham County community of Union Hill, where a compressor station is proposed.  Union Hill has a large African-American population.

House Speaker Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), meanwhile, spoke to reporters this morning, and said while he is encouraging Northam to resign, impeachment is unlikely because this situation does not fit the standard.  The standard calls for crimes, or mental or physical disability.