Protesters outraged by Virginia governor Ralph Northam’s racist past showed up outside the Governor’s Mansion Saturday to make it clear that they want Northam to leave office. Northam is under intense national pressure to resign after Big League Politics published a medical school yearbook photo of Northam and his friend posing in blackface and a Ku Klux Klan robe, respectively.
Activist Art Burton said, “We are here today because the history of Jim Crow is still alive and living in the Governor’s Mansion.”
Group of protesters gathering in front of the governor’s mansion. pic.twitter.com/40FSzdYPIc
— Marie Albiges (@MarieAlbiges) February 2, 2019
Joe Biden is the latest Democrat to call for Northam to resign for his racist history.
There is no place for racism in America. Governor Northam has lost all moral authority and should resign immediately, Justin Fairfax is the leader Virginia needs now.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 2, 2019
But Virginia senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner — while expressing concern about the situation — have not yet asked Northam to resign.
The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus convened an emergency late-night meeting. Governor Northam could not do anything to convince them that he should remain in office.
Former governor Terry McAuliffe stated, “This has been a heartbreaking day. Ralph Northam is my friend and he served well as my Lt. Governor and as Governor. His actions on display in this photo were racist, unacceptable and inexcusable at any age and any time.”
“The situation that he has put himself and the Commonwealth of Virginia in is untenable. It’s time for Ralph to step down, and for the Commonwealth to move forward,” stated former governor McAuliffe.
“These images arouse centuries of anger, anguish, and racist violence and they’ve eroded all confidence in Gov. Northam’s ability to lead. We should expect more from our elected officials. He should resign,” said New Jersey senator Cory Booker.
Democratic senator Kamala Harris of California called for Northam to resign.
“Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together,” Senator Harris stated.
Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 2, 2019
Harris joins the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in calling for Northam to resign.
“Black face in any manner is always racist and never okay. No matter the party affiliation, we can not stand for such behavior, which is why the NAACP is calling for the resignation of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam,” said NAACP president Derrick Johnson.
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