Ralph Northam’s College Nickname: ‘Coonman’
Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam’s nicknames at the Virginia were “Goose” and “Coonman.”
Northam continues to face fallout after Big League Politics published a medical school yearbook photo depicting Northam and a friend in black face and a Klan hood, respectively.
In college, Northam was known as “Coonman.”
Northam refused to shake the hand of his black opponent E.W. Jackson during a 2013 televised debate in the Virginia lieutenant governor’s race.
E.W. Jackson, his black opponent, said that Northam is “consistent” in his behavior, and not shaking his hand was just evidence of that.
“It was insulting, but, on the other hand, I thought it was consistent with the way he behaves. Because, this spot he’s been running, saying that I believe that a child born with birth defects is born that way because of their parents’ sin is just a damnable, palpable, despicable lie. I don’t believe that. I never said anything like that. And it’s that kind of dishonesty that, to me, says this is not the kind of person that needs to be holding state-wide office. Not shaking my hand really just confirmed that,” E.W. Jackson said in an interview on WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall.