Governor Northam of Virginia is making every excuse possible to not resign. First, he apologized and now he is pulling a “wasn’t me” — even after he admitted it was him only days before. Every few months, the conversation about blackface pops up for white folks. The last time was when former Fox News host and overpriced employee at NBC Megyn Kelly, was totally perplexed on blackface being offensive back in October. She babbled on live television, “When I was a kid, that was OK, so long as you were dressing up as a character.” No, girl, it was never okay for Black folks.
This is why Northam needs to immediately resign from the way he has handled the controversy to the photo appearing on his 1984 yearbook page.
In case you missed it, a 1984 photo from Eastern Virginia Medical School went viral, which contained a photograph of two unidentified men, one in blackface and the other in a Ku Klux Klan costume under a page labeled as Northam’s, went viral. On Feb. 1, the governor even admitted he was in the photo but did not say if he was the person in blackface or dressed as a member of the KKK, according to the New York Times.
He released a statement on Friday that read, “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.”
But Saturday he babbled, according to CNN, Northam said on Saturday, “I believe now and then that I am not either of the people in this photo. This was not me in that picture. That was not Ralph Northam.” He continued, “I intend to continue doing the business of Virginia. I could avoid an honest conversation about harmful actions from my past. I cannot in good conscience choose the path that would be easier for me in an effort to duck my responsibility to reconcile.”
Of course, Fox News is defending him, but it’s clearly time for Governor Northam to let go of his white privilege and resign. Nonetheless, here is a reminder of the ugliness of blackface.