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Virginia Governor’s Yearbook Page Shows Men in Blackface and K.K.K. Attire

A photograph from what appears to be the 1984 medical school yearbook page of Ralph Northam, now the Democratic governor of Virginia, shows a person dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan and another wearing blackface.

Neither person is identified in the black-and-white photograph. But the image appears alongside other photos of Dr. Northam, a future pediatric neurologist who was elected Virginia’s governor in 2017.

“There are more drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I’ll have another beer,” reads the section, which also identified Dr. Northam’s alma mater as Virginia Military Institute and his medical interest as pediatrics.

A spokeswoman for the governor did not respond to a message on Friday. The existence of the photograph was first reported by the website Big League Politics, and Eastern Virginia Medical School provided a copy of the yearbook page on Friday afternoon.

The Republican Party of Virginia swiftly condemned the photograph.

“Racism has no place in Virginia,” Jack Wilson, the state party chairman, said in a statement. “These pictures are wholly inappropriate. If Governor Northam appeared in blackface or dressed in a KKK robe, he should resign immediately.”

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