HORRIFIC racist photo found in Democrat Governor Ralph Northam’s yearbook sparks apology

HORRIFIC racist photo found in Democrat Governor Ralph Northam’s yearbook sparks apology

HORRIFIC racist photo found in Democrat Governor Ralph Northam’s yearbook sparks apology

The photo appeared in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

At least one of Northam's Democrat colleagues, Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, seemed to suggest in a statement to the Washington Post that he believes the photo does show Northam.

One of the figures is Northam, and he didn't say which one in an apology issued late Friday. Leaders in both parties have repeatedly urged Northam to resign, saying he's lost the public's trust. The photo shows a person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood. On behalf of our beloved EVMS, I sincerely apologize for the past transgressions of your trust.

Northam is calling state lawmakers Saturday to try and gain support so he can remain in office, the Democrat said.

"The Governor must now listen to the people and communities he has hurt, and carefully consider what comes next", Warner said in a statement provided to NBC News.

"Gov. Northam should resign, this type of character flaw is unacceptable for any elected official seeking the support of the Black vote", Derrick Johnson, the president and CEO of the NAACP, said in a statement.

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, and Texan mayor Julian Castro, all four Democratic candidates for president, also called for his resignation. The photo was on Northam's profile page.

"Racism has no place in Virginia", Wilson said in a statement on Friday.

McAuliffe and Northam have not talked on Saturday, a source told CNN.

Northam, a pediatric neurologist, graduated from the medical school in Norfolk in 1984 after earning an undergraduate degree from Virginia Military Institute.

CBS News first reported that another picture from Northam's 1981 yearbook page shows that he was given the nickname "Coonman" - a possible racial slur.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, speaks during a news conference outside of his home, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Newark, N.J. Booker earlier in the day declared his bid for the presidency with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a "common goal".

The photo shows two people looking at the camera, one in blackface wearing a hat, bow tie and plaid pants; the other in a full Ku Klux Klan robe.

The page is labelled Ralph Shearer Northam, along with pictures of him in a jacket and tie, casual clothes and alongside his restored Corvette.

The Virginian-Pilot obtained a copy of the photo Friday from Eastern Virginia Medical School library, which Northam attended.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on Saturday resisted mounting pressure from his Democratic party that he resign, denying that he appeared in a racist yearbook photo while admitting he once wore blackface in a dance contest.

Northam's efforts do not appear to be successful so far.

The Governor did not elaborate on which costume he was wearing, but acknowledged that he appeared in a photograph that was "clearly racist and offensive".

"I have not seen it this bad since I was involved in the civil rights movement", she said, adding racism is "alive and well" in this country, in part because of Donald Trump's administration.

On Saturday morning, while a small group of protesters stood outside the Virginia governor's mansion, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders joined the chorus insisting on Northam's resignation.

Black lawmakers said they met with Northam Friday evening and said in a statement they appreciate his service.

Ralph Northam is refusing to resign a day after a racist photo from his medical school yearbook emerged - because, he reportedly said, he no longer thinks the picture includes him.

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