Publicado: Sáb, Febrero 09, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Yet another Virginia politician facing questions over yearbook photos showing blackface

Yet another Virginia politician facing questions over yearbook photos showing blackface

Donald Trump predicted the turmoil in Virginia over racially offensive behaviour and alleged sexual assault would help flip the state back into the Republican column in 2020.

Rep. Al Green on Thursday pledged to force a House vote to impeach the president, citing the blackface scandals plaguing Virginia Democrats as "a symptom" of the president's bigotry.

Upon the photos recently being uncovered on the internet, Virginia's Attorney General, Mark Herring, responded to say that he dressed up as Kurtis Blow at a college party in 1980, thus giving his explanation as to why he was wearing the controversial makeup in the photo. He insists the encounter with the woman was consensual.

The yearbook photos were first reported by The Virginian-Pilot.

In his statement Thursday, Norment said: "With 114 editions of The Bomb available online dating back to 1885, I am not surprised that those wanting to engulf Republican leaders in the current situations involving the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General would highlight the yearbook from my graduation a half century ago ..."

The tumult began last Friday afternoon, when Northam's medical school yearbook page surfaced with a picture of one person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. Northam originally apologized for appearing in the photo, but later said he did not appear in the image. "It's ugly", the rap pioneer said in his statement, before adding that despite his disappointment, he can still find it in his heart to forgive. He was described as having "earnestly reached out to each of us to apologise and express his deep remorse" and to be holding "in-depth discussions with leaders and others in Virginia".

Ralph Northam told top staff Friday that he is not going to resign over a racist photo as another sexual assault accusation was leveled at his lieutenant governor, who would succeed him if he stepped down.

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Herring, who like Northam is white and apologised for his past behaviour, had previously called for the governor to quit. "If the three failing pols were Republicans, far stronger action would be taken".

A Virginia Military Institute yearbook overseen by future state Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment in 1968 features a host of racist photos and slurs, including blackface.

Legislators in Richmond, the state capital, continued to go about their business amid hushed speculation that more politically damaging personal history would be exposed.

His disclosure stirred an outcry across partisan lines in Virginia, a key swing state in USA presidential politics whose seat of government, Richmond, is in many ways still grappling with its legacy as the former capital of the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

Norment is not in the line of succession to the governorship in Virginia.

The yearbook reportedly included multiple photos of students in blackface. Norment also said he had supported the academy's racial integration that year.

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