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Washington DC and The Holy Land>Ralph Northam yearbook page shows men in blackface and KKK robe
Stinger 03:48 PM 02-01-2019
By Marie Albiges and Gordon Rago
Staff writers

NORFOLK



A photo from Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook shows two men, one in blackface and one in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood, on the same page as the governor.

The photo, which The Virginian-Pilot obtained a copy of Friday from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library, comes from the 1984 yearbook, the year Northam graduated.

On the half-page set aside for Northam, there is a headshot of him in a jacket and tie, a photo of him in a cowboy hat and boots and a third of him sitting casually on the ground, leaning against a convertible.

The fourth photo on the half-page has two people, one wearing white Ku Klux Klan robes and a hood, the other with his face painted black. The person with the black face is also wearing a white hat, black jacket, white shirt with a bow tie and plaid pants. Both are holding canned drinks.

It’s unclear who the people in costume are.

The governor’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday afternoon.

Under the photo of the men in blackface and the Klan hood are listed Northam’s alma mater, Virginia Military Institute, and his interest: “Pediatrics.” His quote is listed as “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I’ll have another beer.”

The photo came to light after a week in which the Democratic governor came under fire for his comments about a bill introduced by a first-term Democratic lawmaker that would have loosened restriction abortions in Virginia.

Conservative news outlet Big League Politics first posted the photo at around 2:15 p.m. Friday with the headline “YEARBOOK: Ralph Northam In Blackface & KKK Photo”.

About an hour later, the Virginia GOP caucus Twitter page tweeted, “@governorva needs to explain this immediately.”

Northam’s comments earlier this week were on a bill that would have loosened restrictions in third-trimester abortions. State law says they are legal — and it doesn’t specify up to what point in the third trimester a woman can have an abortion — but Del. Kathy Tran’s bill would reduce the number of physicians that need to sign off on abortions from three to one.

It would also change the standard for having a third-trimester abortion — from a physician declaring that continuing the pregnancy would result in death and “substantially and irremediably impair the mental or physical health of the woman” to just “impair” a woman’s mental or physical health.

The bill, which Democrats have tried to pass in the General Assembly in recent years, was killed in a subcommittee.

On a radio show, Northam — a child neurologist — defended Tran’s bill, saying it was “blown out of proportion.”

“When we talk about third trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother with the consent of the physicians — more than one physician, by the way — and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that is nonviable,” he said.

Explaining what would happen in such a case, Northam made comments that were soon seized on by political opponents and others: “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.”

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Prison Bitch 11:55 AM 02-02-2019
Originally Posted by Randallflagg:
The picture was "released" because someone in the democrat party decided it should be so. Look, that picture has been around forever. Most likely, everyone who has ever known this clown knew of the photo - but chose to ignore it - as most anyone would. Who gives a shit, right?

This guy got behind a ridiculous legislative piece - and someone, somewhere said, "Enough". They want him out of office and his communist second in command put in charge.

Politics is a cut-throat business and NOT for the weak hearted.

I suspect this is the case ^
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Just Passin' By 11:55 AM 02-02-2019
Originally Posted by vailpass:
Looking like NC was right. They're getting out the long knives now. Fueled by their desire to move the black, far-left progressive Lt. Governor into the big chair.
Politically speaking, this is a case where the Republicans are better off if the current Democrat stays in power, and the Democrats are better off if he's forced to resign.

But the Republicans are still calling for the guy's head, because Republican politicians are idiots.
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vailpass 11:57 AM 02-02-2019
Originally Posted by Just Passin' By:
Politically speaking, this is a case where the Republicans are better off if the current Democrat stays in power, and the Democrats are better off if he's forced to resign.

But the Republicans are still calling for the guy's head, because Republican politicians are idiots.
Yep. DJ'sNut hit that one on the head early on here.
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Prison Bitch 12:00 PM 02-02-2019
We believe legislators, most of whom are men, should not be making decisions about women’s choices for their reproductive health.”



Does anybody else seethe reading this? Where does that end? Can a woman politician be barred from making war decisions that affect male troops? Can a white politician not make decisions that affect black voters? Can I demand Ilhan Omar not “make decisions” that affect nonMuslims?
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Discuss Thrower 12:03 PM 02-02-2019
Originally Posted by Just Passin' By:

But the Republicans are still calling for the guy's head, because Republican politicians are idiots.
Nah because if they don't call for his ouster then the GOP almost directly reinforces the "Republicans are racist" meme.
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GloucesterChief 12:04 PM 02-02-2019
Originally Posted by Just Passin' By:
Politically speaking, this is a case where the Republicans are better off if the current Democrat stays in power, and the Democrats are better off if he's forced to resign.

But the Republicans are still calling for the guy's head, because Republican politicians are idiots.
Virginia will be a blue state unless the rest of Virginia decides to give back Arlington and Alexandria back to DC. All the government ticks and leaches got taxed out of Maryland and infected NoVA.
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Prison Bitch 12:06 PM 02-02-2019
Originally Posted by Discuss Thrower:
Nah because if they don't call for his ouster then the GOP almost directly reinforces the "Republicans are racist" meme.
Lol. Repubes playing identity politics, by leftist rules. And getting zero votes out of it for 50 years. That’s why we call them connedservatives
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BWillie 12:13 PM 02-02-2019
The statute of limitations on about anything but murder & sexual assault is 2-5 years. We are digging up things 35 years ago on people. He was wrong. Definitely. I've been told that was not even common in 1984.

But we need to stop this smear campaign on people. Whether it's Kavanaugh or this guy. People can change. If he hasn't shown any signs of this behavior in recent memory. He shouldn't have to or be expected from stepping down. It shouldn't hinder him from obtaining employment. You are free to vote how you please in the next election absolutely - but going back 35 years smear people needs to stop.
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Just Passin' By 12:18 PM 02-02-2019
Originally Posted by Discuss Thrower:
Nah because if they don't call for his ouster then the GOP almost directly reinforces the "Republicans are racist" meme.
They could go at him about the abortion comments, without going at him over something that's nobody's business but the electorate. Nobody should be attacked as unfit for employment or office because of 20+ year old yearbook pictures.
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seamonster 12:30 PM 02-02-2019
Originally Posted by Just Passin' By:
They could go at him about the abortion comments, without going at him over something that's nobody's business but the electorate. Nobody should be attacked as unfit for employment or office because of 20+ year old yearbook pictures.
If you're in the Klan it sure as fuck can. The Coonman's Klan uniform looked immaculately tailored. that's not something you just pick up at the nordstromes rack.
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Just Passin' By 12:37 PM 02-02-2019
Originally Posted by seamonster:
If you're in the Klan it sure as **** can.
That's an impressively stupid take. Being a virulent racist/sexist/homophobe/etc... in the immediate moment isn't a disqualifier from employment or office, so what possibly gets you thinking that a picture from decades ago should somehow be one, even if you were a member of the KKK or other disapproved organization?
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seamonster 12:47 PM 02-02-2019
Originally Posted by Just Passin' By:
That's an impressively stupid take. Being a virulent racist/sexist/homophobe/etc... in the immediate moment isn't a disqualifier from employment or office, so what possibly gets you thinking that a picture from decades ago should somehow be one, even if you were a member of the KKK or other disapproved organization?
Really? The Klan built a gas station ontop of a Black Cemetery in my ****ing city. Would it be a "stupid take" for an elderly black dude that had his brother strung up a tree by these good old boy pieces of garbage to take some offense here? The way mid-western people hand wave the Klan is disturbing.
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Easy 6 12:54 PM 02-02-2019
PSA - please disregard my posts in this thread, I was clearly confused as to who this is about
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vailpass 01:04 PM 02-02-2019
Originally Posted by BWillie:
The statute of limitations on about anything but murder & sexual assault is 2-5 years. We are digging up things 35 years ago on people. He was wrong. Definitely. I've been told that was not even common in 1984.

But we need to stop this smear campaign on people. Whether it's Kavanaugh or this guy. People can change. If he hasn't shown any signs of this behavior in recent memory. He shouldn't have to or be expected from stepping down. It shouldn't hinder him from obtaining employment. You are free to vote how you please in the next election absolutely - but going back 35 years smear people needs to stop.
Absolutely. 34 years ago? If it’s a war crime, then sure. But not a Halloween costume.
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Just Passin' By 01:06 PM 02-02-2019
Originally Posted by seamonster:
Really?
Yes, really.


Originally Posted by seamonster:
The Klan built a gas station ontop of a Black Cemetery in my ****ing city. Would it be a "stupid take" for an elderly black dude that had his brother strung up a tree by these good old boy pieces of garbage to take some offense here? The way mid-western people hand wave the Klan is disturbing.
You seem to have missed the part where I posted

Originally Posted by :
that's nobody's business but the electorate.

which may help explain your responses. If Joe the voter wants/refuses to elect a KKK member, that's up to Joe the voter. It's not up to the politicians or media to try running that KKK member out of office just because they don't approve.
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