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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


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.”
Baby Lee 10:44 PM 02-01-2019
Originally Posted by Discuss Thrower:
Nothing good can be come from being a whiteboy with the nickname of 'Coonman'.
I'm together with your plan
save me

Come together with your hands, save me.
Baby Lee 10:59 PM 02-01-2019
Originally Posted by NinerDoug:
Remember this?

Got nothing on Stern and Sherman Hemsley's take on the situation

Note - I would NOT play this in mixed company

It's OK, Whoopi wrote it.
Taco John 10:59 PM 02-01-2019
CNN calls Northam a Republican.

CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360°" falsely claims that Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam is a member of the Republican Party

Watch the Chyron at the bottom as they show the video of Northam.

CNN identifies him as "Gov. Ralph Northam (R) Virginia"

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 2, 2019

Taco John 11:00 PM 02-01-2019

Taco John 11:01 PM 02-01-2019
I'm sure it was an "accident."
Taco John 11:02 PM 02-01-2019

Bret Baier: If Gov. Northam Was Republican, Blackface/KKK Photo Would Be Leading a Lot of Networks

— Mediaite (@Mediaite) February 2, 2019

LiveSteam 11:04 PM 02-01-2019
Originally Posted by Taco John:
I'm sure it was an "accident."
Just another day in the United States of Coincidence
Taco John 11:05 PM 02-01-2019
Originally Posted by LiveSteam:
Just another day in the United States of Coincidence
Funny how coincidental things are, isn't it?
El Lobo Gordo 11:08 PM 02-01-2019
Originally Posted by Garcia Bronco:
Northam vows that he will not step down.
What is in it for him if he steps down?
Easy 6 11:13 PM 02-01-2019
Originally Posted by Munson:
So is he the guy in black face, or the guy in the KKK wardrobe?
Does it even matter anymore?

We're all just predators and prey on the Serengeti at this point, animals at war
EmojiMania 11:14 PM 02-01-2019
Originally Posted by Taco John:

I'm confused, is Baier saying that Northam is a Republican? Because it's sure getting coverage everywhere!

It never ceases to amaze me how much Republicans cry and cry their ****ing eyes out, wondering when the media will pay attention to a Democrat doing something bad, as it leads coverage on the supposedly "liberal" media outlets :-):-):-):-):-)

ChiefsPlanet: "why isn't the media talking about this"
:-):-):-):-):-):-) can't make this shit up!
patteeu 11:37 PM 02-01-2019
This guy really reaped the whirlwind on behalf of his party.

I’m tempted to feel a little sorry for him, mainly because I think he was mischaracterized on his late term abortion comments, but he’s as guilty as the rest of the party for fueling the fires of racism so screw him.
Garcia Bronco 11:38 PM 02-01-2019
Originally Posted by El Lobo Gordo:
What is in it for him if he steps down?
Imo... slightly less embarrassment. He'll resign. Just watch.
Chiefshrink 11:46 PM 02-01-2019
Originally Posted by DJ's left nut:
For the record - the left will BLAST Northam for this. And the reason isn't principle.

Their Lt. Gov. is even further to the left than Northam. He's a young minority with a pretty clear track record of supporting progressive policies.

If given their druthers, the people who were backing Northam yesterday would actually prefer Fairfax sitting in his chair anyway. So they'll run ol' Ralphie out on a rail, install Fairfax in his place and start building him up as the next Obama - a true progressive superstar or something.

Just watch - this is not gonna go how Republicans think it's gonna go. And the left will use it to curry morality points and earn a card that they'll play the next time someone goes hunting up a Republican's past.

And they won't be dumb enough to burn their capital on a situation where there's another Republican that will just slide into the chair.
You may be right. But I wouldn't be surprised if a Pro-lifer pulled this Alinsky stunt either just for payback.:-)
Baby Lee 12:11 AM 02-02-2019
Originally Posted by Chiefshrink:
You may be right. But I wouldn't be surprised if a Pro-lifer pulled this Alinsky stunt either just for payback.:-)
I think it's fairly clear that this is a purposeful leak from someone politically active who has long been aware of the existence of the photo and was inspired to release it due to recent events.

Highly unlikely a random person happened upon this photo for the first time serendipitously this very week.
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