A Buzzfeed reporter says that the Reverend Al Sharpton is calling on Virginia Democrat attorney general Mark Herring to resign after Herring admitted to wearing blackface in college. The New York Times backtracked after initially referring to blackface as “dark makeup.”
NEW: I'm on the phone with Sharpton right now and he has just called for Herring to resign. https://t.co/GadmEVEGSv
— Darren Sands (@darrensands) February 6, 2019
Virginia Democrat attorney general Mark Herring wore blackface at age 19 at a college party, according to Herring’s own admission.
Herring, who is third in line for governor after racist Ralph Northam and accused sexual assaulter Justin Fairfax, blames the blackface on his youthful emulation of early rapper Kurtis Blow — reminiscent of Northam’s claim that he darkened his face to look like Michael Jackson.
Herring’s statement is the latest blow for Virginia Democrats, who are still trying to figure out how to get Ralph Northam out of office for his racist yearbook photo — which might not be politically possible now, considering the scandals engulfing his next two potential gubernatorial replacements. Herring previously called for Northam to resign, stating, “It is no longer possible for Governor Northam to lead our Commonwealth and it is time for him to step down.”
Here is Herring’s statement on his own blackface past:
Please see my statement below. pic.twitter.com/FBDcgxHOq9
— Mark Herring (@MarkHerringVA) February 6, 2019
Here is Kurtis Blow from 1980.
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