Oh yeah, that’s bad.
Courtesy of NYT:
Virginia’s governor acknowledged on Friday that he was photographed more than 30 years ago in a costume that was “clearly racist and offensive” — admitting that he had dressed either as a member of the Ku Klux Klan or in blackface — but resisted a flood of calls for his resignation from national and state Democrats.
“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,” Ralph Northam, the Democratic governor, said in a statement on Friday evening.
In a subsequent video, Mr. Northam said he was “ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust” and was committed to staying in office “through the remainder of my term.”
Mr. Northam issued his statement hours after the photograph — which was included on his 1984 yearbook page from Eastern Virginia Medical School and appeared alongside other pictures of himself — became public. Neither person in the black-and-white photograph was identified, and Mr. Northam, a pediatric neurologist, did not confirm which costume he had worn.
He faced intense pressure on Friday night to step down, as Democrats moved swiftly to send a zero-tolerance message to a governor whose 2017 election marked the party’s most significant victory since losing the White House.
As you might imagine a number of the Democrats running in 2020 have come out forcefully calling for Northam’s resignation, but then they kind of have to at this point or else be accused of hypocrisy.
Keep in mind that Northam was in med school and therefore certainly not a teenager, though I think we should also expect better of teenagers in the ’80s as well.
I read that there were some Democrats defending Northam online, but I certainly have not seen any.
In my Twitter feed, there is universal agreement that he should step down, and I agree with that.
It should also be noted that a number of Trump supporters have suddenly found themselves suddenly appalled at racism, and have weighed in as well.
But fuck those assholes.
Update: Northam is now claiming that he is not either of the people in that photo.
He is giving a press conference right now.
Update 2: Here you go.
BREAKING: “When I was confronted with the images yesterday, I was appalled that they appeared on my page, but I believe then and now that I am not either of the people in that photo,” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says about racist yearbook photo. https://t.co/tlUh2mGeAZ pic.twitter.com/mPeqxEQqoR
— CNN (@CNN) February 2, 2019
So what do we think? Believable?