02.03.2019

Virginia's governor won't resign over blackface, KKK photo. What's next?

Virginia's governor won't resign over blackface, KKK photo. What's next?

Despite facing fierce demands from across the country, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam refused to resign in the aftermath of his medical school yearbook page surfacing, showing one man in blackface and another person wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe. 

Northam, in a Saturday afternoon news conference, claimed he'd never seen the yearbook page before and partially rescinded an earlier apology where he acknowledged he was one of the two individuals in the photograph. 

"I am not the person in that photo," Northam said. He said he would not step down, calling that an easier choice than the "difficult path that lies ahead" in working toward earning back the trust of Virginian voters, Democrats across the nation and his colleagues. 

"I am asking for the opportunity to earn your forgiveness," Northam said. 

If Northam sticks by his vow to continue serving as governor, it’s unclear what might happen next.

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