Ralph Northam, Virginia Governor, Admits He Was in Racist Photo – The New York Times

(According to NBC News exit polls, 87 percent of African-Americans in Virginia voted for Northam, compared to 88 percent who voted for Hillary Clinton. Ninety-one percent of African-American women also voted for Northam.

What I really want to know:
Exactly why was he called “Coonman” when he was an undergraduate at Virginia Military Institute…?

Virginia’s governor acknowledged on Friday that he was photographed more than 30 years ago in a costume that was “clearly racist and offensive” — admitting that he had dressed either as a member of the Ku Klux Klan or in blackface — but resisted a flood of calls for his resignation from national and state Democrats.

…The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus initially stopped just short of demanding his resignation. But after meeting with the governor, it said, “It is time for him to resign, so that Virginia can begin the process of healing.”

In a subsequent video, Mr. Northam said he was “ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust” and was committed to staying in office “through the remainder of my term.”

…The first calls came from Democratic presidential candidates, some of whom had traveled to Virginia to campaign with Mr. Northam just over a year ago. By the end of the evening, Senators Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, had all urged Mr. Northam to resign.

…If Mr. Northam were to resign, Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax would assume the governor’s office. Mr. Fairfax, a Democrat, was the second black person to be elected to statewide office in Virginia. Mr. Northam spoke to the lieutenant governor on Friday before he issued his apology, according to a Virginia Democrat familiar with the conversation.

Justin_Fairfax_(8636601491)Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Justin E. Fairfax

The lieutenant governor did not comment on Friday. In a statement, Mr. Northam signaled that he did not intend to cede power to Mr. Fairfax.

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