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Northam now says it wasn’t him in racist photo, won’t resign

**This image is only available for use together with the CNN.com article with which it originally appeared, and may not be downloaded from this site for any other purposes.** A yearbook page of now Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam shows a photograph of two people, one in blackface and one in a KKK hood and robe.

(CNN) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has told a source he now believes it is not him in a racist yearbook photo and that he has no recollection of taking the photo, according a top Virginia Democratic source who spoke to the governor on Saturday.

Northam told the source he was in touch with some of his former Eastern Virginia Medical School colleagues, who said they believed many of the pictures in the yearbook were mixed up.

Northam did not recall the picture being taken, he told the source, and said he was not involved in the production of the yearbook.

Despite mounting pressure for him to resign, Northam also told the source he is not going to step down, which comes ahead of his planned statement to the media Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET from the Executive Mansion in Virginia.

The New York Times first reported Northam was making calls.

This contradicts what Northam said in a statement Friday night: “Earlier today, a website published a photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive.”

The racist photograph, which was obtained by CNN, that appears in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook shows one person dressed in blackface and another in the KKK’s signature white hood and robes.

The photo was first reported by conservative website Big League Politics.

In his statement Friday, Northam apologized 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,” he said.

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, the Virginia House and Senate Democrats and the Democratic Party of Virginia all called for Northam’s outster and for him to hand over the governorship to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

Northam, a former pediatric neurosurgeon and Army doctor, won the governorship in 2017.

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10 comments

  • steve

    My God! Is there no limit as to this guy’s dishonesty? I’d like to say he’s just a typical Democrat, but he isn’t. He’s taken sleaze to a new level that not too many other members of his party can match.

  • C

    And yet, by an overwhelming majority, blacks keep pointing out that it’s only the Republicans that are the racists. Never the Democrats.

    • BP

      Yet if people would look up. Aka use their own brains… They’d see the Democratic party is the one against ALL blacks advancing over the years..my guess is it’s easier to be a victim than face the truth.

      • C

        If people were to look up Ku Klux Klan in Wikipedia, they’ll find a list of politicians who had a connection with the Klan. Of the twenty names mentioned, only three were Republicans. The other seventeen people named were Democrats. ‘Nuff said.

  • Sara

    One race the human race, one love, much love to my brothers and sisters.

    May we all learn that this article is a waste of our time we need to worry about the people who need food, places to live, a ride, plant gardens in our communities, etc.

    Lets take a day to get out and help our neighbors and get involved in our communities and let these democrats and replublicans play their own games we dont have time for this anymore its 2019.

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