The Democratic party in Virginia is calling for the resignation of governor Ralph Northam after a photo in a 1984 medical school yearbook showed him in blackface, but Gov. Northam voiced his disapproval Saturday.
It was just yesterday when Gov. Northam was enticed to go on television and apologize for the photo, which, according to the Associated Press, displayed Northam in blackface next to another person dressed in white, resembling the clothes worn by the KKK. Northam later said on Twitter that he could not “undo the harm [his] behavior caused then and today.”
Then, just 24 hours later, Gov. Northam denied previous allegations of racism from his party, saying that he wasn’t in the photo at all. And to top it all off, Gov. Northam said he hasn’t even seen the photo for three decades, as he didn’t even purchase a yearbook.
“It has taken time for me to make sure that it’s not me, but I am convinced, I am convinced that I am not in that picture,” he told reporters at the Executive Mansion in Richmond.
Gov. Northam was forced to tell reporters that he had indeed worn blackface at the time to fashion a Micheal Jackson costume in 1984 when he was in the Army. Back then, he said, he didn’t understand “the harmful legacy of an action like that.”
Gov. Northam’s resistance to his party could lead to some tensions in Virginia as well as allegations of hypocrisy leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
Both of Virginia’s senators said they called Northam to demand his resignation. Sens. Mark Warner and Time Kaine, as well as the dean of Virginia’s congressional delegation, Rep. Bobby Scott, had commented that the events “have inflicted immense pain and irrevocably broken the trust Virginians must have in their leaders.”
Meanwhile, the Democratic party back home has made their opinion quick clear: they want Northam to resign immediately.
“He is no longer the best person to lead our state,” the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus said in a statement.
As the 2020 election gets closer by the day, Democratic candidates are called by the media to respond to Gov. Northam’s predicament, as well as the general notion of racial divide in the United States. President Trump has spoken out against Virginia’s leadership as a whole for passing new laws aiding late-term abortions.