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Republican Virginia Senate leader edited yearbook with blackface photos

Republican Virginia Senate leader edited yearbook with blackface photos”

The trio of controversies has thrown Virginia politics into chaos, as state Democrats look for the best way to move past the swirling issues.

A top Virginia Republican has joined a growing list of Democrats under fire for past racially insensitive photos and costumes. "If the three failing pols were Republicans, far stronger action would be taken".

In 1968, Senate majority leader Thomas K. Norment was the managing editor of Virginia Military Institute's "The Bomb" yearbook, which featured multiple blackface photos and racist nicknames and slurs.

Northam's decision to stay in office comes despite many fellow Democrats in Virginia and beyond reiterating their calls for him to resign as recently as Friday.

"Within minutes of our Senate Sentinel going out last Friday, I learned about a photo in the Governor's 1984 medical school yearbook, which truly shocked the conscience".

Northam, by his own admission, was 25 when he donned blackface to masquerade as pop star Michael Jackson.

His disclosure stirred an outcry across partisan lines in Virginia, a key swing state in USA presidential politics whose seat of government, Richmond, is in many ways still grappling with its legacy as the former capital of the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

The new allegation immediately brought demands from top Democrats for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign, too. And he was preparing to do just that, after scandal enveloped Northam and before Tyson accused Fairfax of sexual assault. The Virginia lieutenant governor denied the claim in a late-night tweet. Fairfax faces an allegation he sexually assaulted a woman in 2004.

Green said the refusal of Virginia's governor and attorney general to resign after admitting to wearing blackface "is but a symptom of a greater syndrome that now plagues our country as a result of not acting on President Trump's bigotry", the Hill reports.

Virginia's House Democrats have followed the state's Legislative Black Caucus in not calling for resignations of the lieutenant governor or attorney general after insisting the governor must go.

Cox, who taught history in high school before joining the legislature in 1990, was asked by reporters yesterday whether anything in his past might disqualify him from the governorship. "I've seen tributes before where, you know, the blackface was not used".

"The use of blackface is abhorrent in our society and I emphatically condemn it. I have never forced myself on anyone ever", he said.

The governor of Virginia and state's attorney general are meanwhile both embroiled in racism rows.

Almost the entire Virginia Democratic establishment, as well as almost every Democratic presidential hopeful, called on him to resign.

The Democratic congressman introduced articles impeachment against the president in the last Congress, accusing Trump of fostering racial divisions in the United States. "It's sad because they have some very talented leaders there".



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