Report: Photo on VA Gov. Northam’s Yearbook Page Shows Men in Blackface and KKK Hood

By Emily Ward | February 1, 2019 | 5:18pm EST
Virginia's Democratic Gov.
Ralph Northam. (YouTube)

A photograph on the yearbook page of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) shows two men, one appearing to be in blackface and one wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood, according to a story by The Virginian-Pilot and The Washington Post.

The Virginian-Pilot obtained a copy of the photo on Friday from the library of Eastern Virginia Medical School, where Northam graduated in 1984. Big League Politics first posted the photo on Friday afternoon.

The yearbook page, entitled, “Ralph Shearer Northam,” shows a headshot of Northam, as well as pictures of Northam sitting next to a Corvette convertible and wearing a cowboy hat.

Ralph Shearer Northam page in 1984 yearbook of Eastern Virginia Medicla School.
(Screenshot Virginian-Pilot, Big League Politics.)

The fourth photo shows two men standing side by side, holding what appear to be canned drinks. One is dressed in a white KKK hood and robe, and the other seems to be in blackface, wearing a jacket, a bowtie and plaid pants.

It is unclear whether one of the men is Northam.

Beneath the photo of the two men, a caption notes Northam’s alma mater, Virginia Military Institute, and his interest in pediatrics. Northam is now a pediatric neurologist.

Northam’s medical school yearbook quote reads: “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I’ll have another beer.”

Northam faced massive backlash this week for suggesting, during a Wednesday interview on WTOP’s “Ask the Governor,” that a woman and her physician may decide to leave a newborn infant to die.

“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” Northam said in the interview. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Northam was discussing a bill proposed by Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran (D) on Monday, which would have eliminated restrictions on abortion in the state of Virginia and allowed, by Tran’s own admission, a woman to have an abortion right up to the moment of birth.

The Virginian-Pilot said that Northam’s office “did not immediately respond to requests for comment.”

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