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Ralph Northam's Yearbook Photo Scandal
Feb 5, 2019 at 01:44 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • On Friday, a photo surfaced from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical yearbook page depicting someone in blackface and someone in KKK robes. The image has led to widespread calls for the governor to resign.
  • So far, Northam has resisted the calls for his resignation. In a press conference on Saturday, Northam denied being in the yearbook photo, although he had apologized for it Friday and said previously that he was in it.
  • The governor added that while he did not recall that photo, he did remember dressing in blackface as Michael Jackson for a dance contest at about the same time, an action he says he deeply regrets.
  • Many Democrats have continued to call for Northam to step down. In a joint statement on Saturday evening Senators Mark Warner, Tim Kaine and Rep. Bobby Scott said, "We no longer believe he can effectively serve as Governor of Virginia and that he must resign."

Food For Thought

Should Northam step down from his role as governor of Virginia? Why or why not?

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