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Blackface photo not decisively linked to Virginia’s governor

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/22/19, 12:46 pm

Eastern Virginia Medical School said Wednesday that the investigation into whether Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, appears in a 1984 yearbook photo of a man in blackface was inconclusive. The law firm hired by the school said it could not “conclusively determine” the identities of the man wearing blackface or the man next to him in a Ku Klux Klan hood. Investigators also could not determine how the photo was placed in the yearbook but found no evidence it was a mistake or prank.

The photo of Northam initially surfaced in early February on a conservative website not long after he made public comments that some interpreted as an endorsement of infanticide, angering pro-life advocates across the nation. Northam initially apologized for the photo but reversed course the next day, saying he was convinced he was not one of the men pictured. He admitted to having worn blackface decades ago to look like pop star Michael Jackson for a dance contest, and he defied calls to resign.


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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 05/22/2019 04:13 pm

    Gov. Northam “might not” have appeared in blackface 35 years ago? That’s well and good. 

    But whether he did or not, there are far more compelling reasons for the voters of Virginia to get rid of this guy. 

  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Wed, 05/22/2019 07:40 pm

    I got the feeling that he did wear the blackface, but lucked out when he wasn't caught in a photo.

    He's a Dem. so he's free and clear of anything and all things. 

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