Democrat governor Ralph Northam, who has been accused of repeated instances of racism over the years, rambled in his press conference Saturday regarding the racism scandal engulfing his administration.
Northam denied that he ever assembled or bought his medical school yearbook, and he said that he does not believe he was one of the people in the photograph on his yearbook page. However, he did acknowledge “mistakes” on many occasions, likely because he knows more details of his racial history will be coming out as he defies the Virginia Democrats and clings to office.
“My main nickname, in high school and college, was Goose. There were two individuals…a year ahead of me who called me ‘Coon Man,'” Northam confirmed.
“And I regret that,” Northam said, referring to his “Coon Man” nickname making it into the yearbook.
Northam said the photo “was clearly racist and offensive.”
“I can not and will not excuse the content of the photo. It was offensive, racist, and despicable,” Northam said.
“I believe then, and now, that I am not either of the people in that photo,” Northam said.
Northam acknowledged that his excuse is “difficult to believe.”
“I have made significant progress…I am far from perfect, and I can always strive to do more.”
“The person I was is not the man I am today,” Northam saids.
“I am asking for the opportunity to earn your forgiveness,” Northam said.
The protesters don’t seem to be too interested in opening up a conversation with their governor at this point.
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