Virginia governor now says it's not him in racist yearbook page


"Though it brings us no joy to do so", said the members of the Democratic State House in a letter, "we must call for Governor Northam's resignation".

His page from the 1984 East Virginia Medical School yearbook contains a photograph of two people - one appearing to be wearing blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan costume.

Ralph Northam (D) will reportedly not be resigning on Saturday morning over a recently surfaced racist photo from his old medical school yearbook.

The source, who requested not to be named because of the sensitivity of the situation, adds that Northam is telling associates that it is not him in the photo. "I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust", Northam said.

L. Louise Lucas (D) told the Washington Post that Northam called her Saturday morning to explain his discovery.

"In the hours since I made my statement yesterday, I reflected with my family and classmates from the time and affirmed my conclusion that I am not the person in that photo", he said.

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Such conduct is unacceptable for any Virginian - whether occurring in the past, present, or future", Spanberger said in a statement.

The NAACP agreed that party affiliation did not matter, with President Derrick Johnson releasing a statement saying "black face in any manner is always racist and never okay".

Calls for Northam to resign came shortly after he sparked outrage over a controversial bill that would repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions.

At first, a Virginia Democrat defended Gov. Ralph Northam amid backlash over an old photo that surfaced, but now, Democrats are aligning in calling for the governor's resignation.

The Virginia Republican party has demanded an explanation from Northam and snarkily tweeted that it was "not surprised" Northam hadn't tweeted about the first day of Black History Month today.

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Democratic U.S. Representatives Gerry Connolly and Don Beyer of Virginia said in a joint statement that they had not heard anything that changed their view that Northam should resign.

A Republican county official in Pennsylvania, Carla Maloney, resigned a year ago due to past social media posts in which she compared kneeling National Football League players to "baboons".

He also said he is "collecting information" on the photo, and hopes to have more information in the coming days.

"But given what was revealed today, it is clear that he can no longer effectively serve as governor", the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus said.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam now denies he is the man in blackface in a photo in his yearbook. He said he did not purchase the yearbook and was not aware of the photo in question.

But he has lost the support of prominent Democrats in Virginia and beyond, including from the Democratic Party's historically diverse and growing field of 2020 candidates, which includes two African-American senators, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California. The photo shows two people looking at the camera - one in blackface wearing a hat, bow tie and plaid trousers; the other in a full Ku Klux Klan robe.

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Northam spent years actively courting the black community in the lead up to his 2017 gubernatorial run, building relationships that helped him win both the primary and the general election.