Virginia Gov. apologizes for controversial photo
RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has apologized for a “racist and offensive” costume seen on his 1984 medical school yearbook page.
It was first discovered on Friday and the Governor has acknowledged that it is his page and him in costume in the *Eastern Virginia Medical School* year book.
The photo actually shows two people in costume, one in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan Robe. The Governor hasn’t said which costume he was wearing.
Speaking from his office tonight the Governor apologized saying that quote the behavior was not in keeping with his values.
Here is the full statement:
“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.”
Since the photo was released the NAACP, the state’s Republican Party, and some national Democrats, such as presidential hopeful Kamala Harris have all called for the Governor’s Resignation.