Top Democratic leaders are calling for the governor of Virginia to resign after a yearbook photo resurfaced showing him in a racist photo.
Among those calling for his resignation were presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who tweeted, "Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government."
Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. T… https://t.co/Gp8YyJRYM6— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris)1549067864.0
"The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together," she added.
Northam released a statement on Friday admitting that the photo was authentic, but he did not disclose whether he was the man dressed as a KKK member or the man wearing blackface.
"Earlier today, a website published a photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive," he said in the statement.
"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," he added.
Another presidential candidate, Julian Castro, tweeted the same sentiment:
It doesn’t matter if he is a Republican or a Democrat. This behavior was racist and unconscionable. Governor Northam should resign.— Julián Castro (@Julián Castro)1549066027.0
"It doesn't matter if he is a Republican or a Democrat," Castro tweeted. "This behavior was racist and unconscionable. Governor Northam should resign."
The progressive organization MoveOn.Org agreed.
If @RalphNortham is one of the two people pictured in the highly disturbing, horrific photo wearing either blackfac… https://t.co/3JYFDYML6I— MoveOn (@MoveOn)1549062855.0
"Governor Ralph Northam must resign," he said. "There is no excuse for the shockingly racist picture. I note that Florida Republican Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigned last month for being in blackface. This picture is even worse. It's blackface next to a KKK figure."
Northam's statement had no mention of any intention to resign.
Here's the latest on the racist Northam photo:
Calls for Virginia governor to resign amid blackface scandal www.youtube.com