Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has long courted controversy.
In early 2018, the physician-turned-politician took the blame for allegedly appearing either in blackface or a Ku Klux Klan hood in a photograph that appeared on Northam’s page in his medical school yearbook. He defied calls from virtually the entire Democrat Party establishment to resign and somehow survived reputation (marginally) intact.
Now, the governor who was given a racial slur as a nickname by his classmates is calling for an investigation into alleged racism at Virginia Military Institute.
The Daily Wire’s Ashe Schow reports:
The Hill reported that Northam and others sent a letter to VMI’s Board of Visitors announcing an “independent, third-party review” of the college after reports of racism surfaced in The Washington Post. Among the allegations are “structural racism,” an accusation that a professor described her family’s history as Ku Klux Klan members in positive terms, and alleged threats of lynching.
“Black cadets at VMI have long faced repeated instances of racism on campus, including horrifying new revelations of threats about lynching, vicious attacks on social media, and even a professor who spoke fondly of her family’s history in the Ku Klux Klan—to say nothing of inconsistent application of the Institute’s Honor Code,” the officials wrote in the letter. “This culture is unacceptable for any Virginia institution in the 21st century, especially one funded by taxpayers,” the letter continues. “Virginians expect all universities—and particularly public universities established by the General Assembly—to be welcoming and inclusive, and to eschew outdated traditions that glamorize a history rooted in rebellion against the United States.”
Northam graduated from VMI in 1981. In addition to him, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-VA) and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) also signed the letter.
As The Daily Wire previously reported, medical school yearbook photos show Northam in either blackface or wearing a KKK robe. The photos were added to his personal yearbook page. Northam initially apologized for the photos but a day later claimed he was not in them and didn’t know how they made it onto his page, which he was responsible for. But as Northam was insisting he wasn’t in the widely circulated blackface photo, he admitted to wearing blackface on another occasion.
Fairfax has been accused of sexual assault and rape by two different women.
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