Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder releases a statement in response to Gov. Ralph Northam’s controversial yearbook picture from 1984.
From 1990 to 1994, Douglas Wilder served as the 66th Governor of Virginia. Wilder was the first African American to serve as governor in the U.S.
In Wilder’s statement, he said it will be up to Northam to resign
Wilder’s statement reads:
“I have had many requests for response to the revelation of Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook picture from 1984 depicting him in “Blackface or KKK garb”.
It has never been right, in Virginia, nor anywhere else to participate in or condone such mockery or insensitive behavior and for that Gov. Northam should be criticized.
This is not about politics or personal relationships, this is about government “of the people, for the people and by the people” – ALL of the people.
The choice of his continuing in office is his to make.”
Former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder, the state’s first and only African-American governor who was elected in 1985, said it is appropriate to criticize Northam.
“It has never been right, in Virginia, nor anywhere else to participate in or condone such mockery or insensitive behavior,” Wilder said in a written statement.
He stopped short of calling for a resignation, saying it’s up to Northam to decide.