Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Breaks Silence On Gov. Northam’s Yearbook Photo

FAIRFAX, VA - NOVEMBER 07: Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam waves to supporters at an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Northam defeated Republican candidate Ed Gillespie. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus issued a statement Friday night in response to a yearbook photo that surfaced of Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and another person wearing blackface and a KKK outfit.

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“The legacy of slavery, racism, and Jim Crow has been an albatross around the necks of African Americans for over 400 years,” the statement read in part. “These pictures rip off the scabs of an excruciatingly painful history and are a piercing reminder of this nation’s sins. Those who would excuse the pictures are just as culpable.” (RELATED: Yearbook Page Of Democratic Gov. Northam Features KKK, Blackface)

NAACP president Derrick Johnson also called for Northam to resign following the photo.

Northam acknowledged Friday that he was, in fact one, of the people in that photo.

In a statement, Northam said in part, “I am deeply sorry 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. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.”

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