On Friday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam admitted to being the person dressed in blackface in the image below. That picture, taken from Northam’s med school yearbook, clearly shows two people, one with skin painted black, and another in a KKK hood and robe.
Northam gave the following statement upon the image going viral:
“This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.”
The image dates back nearly 35 years, making some believe that we should not judge a book by its original cover, but this video that just surfaced on Twitter tells a whole other story.
In the video, Northam sits for an interview alongside EW Jackson, a fellow politician. The undated video shows a very awkward encounter in which Northam completely acted like Jackson didn’t exist.
Check out the video below:
Northam apparently thinks he’ll lower himself to shake hands with a black man, hell, maybe he even thinks the black will rub off on him. Who knows with bigots. They’re not all there.
According to PBS:
“Whether the governor remains in office is in doubt and largely hinges on whether he can maintain support among the state’s black pastors, officials and state lawmakers, many of whom have long personal relationships with Northam since he first ran for state Senate in 2007.”
UPDATE: Northam now claims that he was not the person dressed in blackface in the picture. Just one problem. Both full pages shown were dedicated to Ralph Northam alone.