Monday, 11 November, 2019

Governor clings on in furore over blackface college photo

VA GOV Northam On Racist Yearbook Pic I Did Blackface In The Past But Not In This Update: Ralph Northam Denies Racist Photo, Admits to Wearing Blackface
Patty Aguilar | 05 February, 2019, 15:29

And at that time he was apologetic for having been in the photograph and that sort of thing.

In a statement on Saturday, Fairfax said he was "shocked and saddened" by the picture but was glad Northam, whom he called a friend, had apologised and reached out to him personally for "actions from his past" that he could not condone.

In a tumultuous 24 hours, Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday apologised for appearing in a photograph that featured what appeared to be a man in blackface and a second person cloaked in Ku Klux Klan garb. The state's lieutenant governor, a 39-year-old attorney and former Congressional aide, has not issued any statements.

Northam's admission of blackening his face for a dance contest is an "example of the historical effects of institutional racism and the lack of awareness of the discrimination" against black people, the NAACP said.

"I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused". 1984 was an exciting year. And Governor McAuliffe is with us now. Security guards joked about who was going to be the next governor. "I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an action like that", he said, Quartz reported. Walter Broadnax, a retired neurologist who is African-American, graduated with Northam in 1984. "It was bizzaro pictures from a yearbook. what does that tell you?"

Virginia governors can be removed for "malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty, or other high crime or misdemeanour" under the state constitution, but top Democrats said they don't believe it will come to that.

A Democratic official told the Post that the meeting was emotional, adding that another meeting will be held on Monday for a larger group of staffers in Northam's administration. "We had a pretty fair ethnic diversity within our class". There were orientations for the incoming freshman on tolerance and diversity. "This is a total anomaly".

"It doesn't matter whether he was in that photo or not in the photo at this point".

Haley adds students in the class were asked to send in their own photos to the school's yearbook.

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Now lawmakers say they don't want appear next to Northam at any events and are sure they can't count on him to raise money. Numerous prominent leaders who had already called for his resignation renewed that call.

"He is being completely dishonest and disingenuous", Democratic U.S. Representative Karen Bass said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Bagby said he is still in shock, and "reconciling the man that [Northam] was, and the man that he is today".

WENDY HOBBS: I got a lot of questions.

The announcement follows Friday's revelation that a photo on Northam's 1984 profile page features someone in blackface and someone in KKK robes.

"Members of Virginia's African-American community deserve better from the head of their commonwealth", the Baltimore Democrat posted on Twitter. He says he's been impressed with Northam and hopes he can find a way to finish out his term. I think blackface is always wrong.

At Jerusalem Baptist over the weekend, a predominantly black church in a small town outside Richmond, Va., attendees expressed shock over the photo and concern and confusion over the governor's changing statements.

Protesters gathered outside the Executive Mansion by the dozens Monday to urge Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to step down. "He should step down and allow the Commonwealth to begin healing".

"He can not effectively govern now". Other prominent Democrats - including 2020 presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Julian Castro - have been calling on Northam to resign since Friday.

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