USA governor denies appearance in racist photo, refuses to resign

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

Senators Mark R Warner and Tim Kaine, both former governors of Virginia, and Congressman Bobby Scott added to the calls for Mr Northam to step down after watching his press conference.

"I reflected with my family and classmates from the time and affirmed my conclusion that I am not the person in that photo", North said, calling the image "offensive, racist and despicable".

But he alluded to other actions in his past, and disclosed that in 1984 he won a dance contest in San Antonio where he wore dark shoe polish on his cheeks as part of a Michael Jackson costume.

"These images arouse centuries of anger, anguish, and racist violence and they've eroded all confidence in Gov. Northam's ability to lead". "I have learned from that". "I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now". Uh, the personal uh, insults toward me I really find disgusting.

In an editorial, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said the governor "must resign".

The governor said he does not expect everyone to believe his account, at least not immediately, nor does he expect to be immediately forgiven.

When pressed about the pressure for him to resign, he said that would be the easy way out and a way for him to dodge responsibility. Um, but when I'm asked questions a lot of times it is put into context of being a physician.

Some Virginia lawmakers have called for the governor to resign, though numerous state's Democrats are staying silent while meeting with one another to determine how to move forward.

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, released a statement that said Northam no longer has the public trust and should step down. "And we will never hesitate to hold accountable people who violate those values, regardless of their party affiliation. I am thinking to myself, this might have even been a Democrat who was so revolted by this in Virginia, maybe he just shopped it around".

Northam's departure would mean current Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a Democrat who is only the second African-American to win statewide office in Virginia, would be the next governor. So did Northam's predecessor, Terry McAuliffe, another Democrat. He's going to have to have all of the private meetings with legislators that he now has including many that have called for his resignation. We can generally rely on what each other said to be accurate ...




He stopped short of calling for Northam to resign, and Northam invoked Fairfax's name in his afternoon news conference as a partner in moving forward.

Harris wrote on Twitter that "the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government".

Many prominent politicians have called for his resignation.

"The choice of his continuing in office is his to make", Wilder concluded. An Associated Press reporter later saw the yearbook page and confirmed its authenticity at the medical school.

The Virginian-Pilot newspaper tweeted a picture of the page which it said it obtained from the medical school library.

Northam, a doctor, came under fire from Republicans earlier this week, who accused him of supporting infanticide because of comments he made in support of allowing late-term abortions when the fetus is severely deformed or would be unable to survive after birth.

Ralph Northam on Saturday rejected calls to step down following controversy involving a racist photo from his yearbook.

Northam said he and his staff would continue to work to prove that he wasn't in the photo.

In his victory speech, Northam, an Army veteran and pediatric neurologist, said, "Virginia has told us to end the divisiveness, that we will not condone hatred and bigotry".

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