Ralph Northam’s tenure as Virginia governor is likely to come to an end soon, right?
On Friday, a yearbook photo from 1984 was uncovered depicting two posing in blackface and a KKK rob.
Underneath the racist photo are details about Northam, his field of study and a quote from the future Democratic governor.
Following the outcry over the clearly racist photo, Northam issued a statement apologizing to all Virginians.
UPDATE: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam releases statement in response to controversial yearbook photo: pic.twitter.com/Dqa1MJmxU9
— Lindsey Mastis (@LindseyMastis) February 1, 2019
Northam’s statement below:
“Earlier today, a website published a photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive,”
“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.
“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.
“I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused. I am ready to do that important work. The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor.”