Democratic Star's Medical School Yearbook Page Shows Blackface and KKK Photo

  • 02/01/2019
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Democratic Star's Medical School Yearbook Page Shows Blackface and KKK Photo

A damning photo from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook shows two men – one wearing blackface and another donning a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood.

Both are featured prominently on the same page as the governor, who's quoted in the 1984 yearbook as saying "There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I'll have another beer."

The Virginian-Pilot reports:

On the half-page set aside for Northam, there is a headshot of him in a jacket and tie, a photo of him in a cowboy hat and boots and a third of him sitting casually on the ground, leaning against a convertible.

The fourth photo on the half-page has two people, one wearing white Ku Klux Klan robes and a hood, the other with his face painted black. The person with the black face is also wearing a white hat, black jacket, white shirt with a bow tie and plaid pants. Both are holding canned drinks.

It’s unclear who the people in costume are.

The governor’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday afternoon.

The racist photo came to light after the Democratic governor came to national prominence following his defense of a bill introduced in the General Assembly removing restrictions on late-term abortions – including up to the point of childbirth in some cases.
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