Tate Reeves is the latest politician connected to racist yearbook photos.
Virginia, we have a problem.
Despite calls for his resignation, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) remains in office, following the revelation of a photo on his medical school yearbook page of a man in blackface and another man dressed in a KKK costume. In less than a week, another Virginia official is coming forward to say he wore blackface, too.
Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring released a statement on Wednesday morning, apologizing for wearing blackface in college.
"In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song," Herring wrote in a statement.
"It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. But, because of our ignorance and glib attitudes – and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others – we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup."
"That I have contributed to the pain Virginians have felt this week is the greatest shame I have ever felt," Herring added. "In the days ahead, honest conversations and discussions will make it clear whether I can or should continue to serve as attorney general, but no matter where we go from here, I will say that from the bottom of my heart, I am deeply, deeply sorry for the pain that I cause with this revelation."
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— Mark Herring (@MarkHerringVA) February 6, 2019
Northam's yearbook photo was revealed on Friday and Herring is actually one of the many officials, including the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, both of Virginia's U.S. Senators and the Democratic caucuses in both the Virginia House of Delegates and State, who've said the governor should resign.
It seems Herring decided to bring any past issues to the forefront, rather than have them revealed.
"The fact that Governor Northam did not reveal these flaws to the public and apologize for them years ago makes it impossible to trust him now," DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti wrote in his latest column.
"I'd imagine he must have spent some sleepless nights knowing that it was just a matter of time before this blew up."
On Friday, Northam apologized for appearing in the picture. But, on Saturday, he said he was not one of the people in the photo.
He acknowledged that he wore blackface at another time when he dressed up as pop superstar Michael Jackson.
Bakari Sellers represented South Carolina's 90th district in the lower house of the state legislature, from 2006 to 2014, becoming the youngest Black politician in the country at age 22.
"I think that many times white people do not understand what blackface means," Sellers explained on CNN. "When you have your son going out in blackface for a costume or your son goes to prep school or elite day schools and they dress up in blackface, basically it means you're calling me n***er."
"The reason why I say that is because blackface goes back to the mid-19th century where people were dressing up showing them to be lazy, to be ignorant, hypersexual and to be all-out disrespectful to our culture."
The person who would be taking office if Northam resigns, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, is continuing to face questions over an alleged sexual misconduct incident at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Fairfax has vehemently denied the allegations.
However, if both Fairfax and Northam were to resign, Herring would be next in line.
"I think that many times white people do not understand what blackface means," Sellers said.
The photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page of a man in blackface and another man dressed in a KKK costume is sparking a national conversation. The racist act of wearing blackface goes back to the mid-19th century. It's 2019 and Black people still have to explain why it's offensive.
"Wait for the next big story to push this scandal out of the headlines," said Lemon. "It's a strategy that's worked for the president."
CNN host Don Lemon is calling the switch of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's stories something straight out of President Trump's playbook.
Not dealing with the past is a greater threat than the results of the past.
Pressure builds for Northam to resign.
UPDATE: Feb. 2, 2019 at 4:29 p.m. ET
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement on Friday that he appeared in a "racist and offensive" photo, but on Saturday, Northam said it wasn't him in the picture.
"I take credit for recognizing that this was a horrific photo that was on my page, with my name, Ralph Northam, above," he said, in a press conference. "I looked at it. My first impression, actually, this couldn't be me."
"But there was so much hurt that I was feeling, people were calling. So I reached out and apologized to people for this very picture being on my page."
"And I have continued to discuss that as we have gone forward. And what has happened is that last night, I finally had a chance to sit down and look at the photograph in detail. It is definitely not me. I can tell by looking at it. I have had friends also look at it and tell me it's not me."
Northam said that he darkened his skin for a dance contest in San Antonio that same year to imitate Michael Jackson.
The legislative Black Caucus continues to demand Northam's resignation after his remarks Saturday.
"In light of his public admission and apology for his decision to appear in the photo, he has irrevocably lost the faith and trust of the people he was elected to serve," the caucus said in a statement. "Changing his public story today now casts further doubt on his ability to regain that trust."
ORIGINAL STORY: Virginia Legislative Black Caucus 'Demands' Governor Resign After Blackface, KKK Photo Surfaces
The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus is calling on Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, to resign, as "it is clear that he can no longer effectively serve as governor." A photo released on Friday from Northam's senior medical school yearbook page shows a man wearing blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe.