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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam contends that’s not him in the 1984 yearbook photo, but he does remember dressing in blackface around that time.
Seemingly trying to head off the discovery of further evidence that he’s a racist, Northam held a press conference on Saturday to admit that he did in fact dress in blackface during a San Antonio dance competition.
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“I recognize that many people will find this difficult to believe. The photo appears with others I submitted on a page with my name on it,” Northam told reporters.
“Even in my own statement yesterday, I conceded that based on the evidence presented to me at the time. The most likely explanation that it was indeed me in the photo. In the hours since I made my statement yesterday, I reflected with my family and classmates from the time and affirmed my conclusion that I am not the person in that photo,” he said.
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“Why I did not appear in this photo, I am not surprised by its appearance in the EVMS yearbook. In the place and time I grew up, many actions that we rightfully recognize as abhorrent today were commonplace,” Northam said.
“I believe that I did not wear that costume or attend that party stems in part from my clear memory of other mistakes I made in this same period of my life,” he said.
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“That same year, I did participate in a dance contest in San Antonio in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume. I...
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