With files by Barrett Wilson
On the very first day of black history month, a photograph of the Democrat Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam’s 1984 yearbook page surfaced, depicting two individuals in racist costumes.
The photograph was taken from Eastern Virginia Medical School’s 1984 yearbook. A photograph of two individuals in costume, one wearing blackface, while the other is dressed in a KKK robe, appears on a page dedicated to the Governor.
According to Eastern Virginia Medical School, students were allowed to pick their own photos to be printed in the yearbook page. Perhaps the Governor thought the photo was a good representation of his character?
Only a few months ago, the Democrats jumped at the opportunity to use a past yearbook photo and caption to defame United States Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, very few Democrats have condemned the Governor’s past actions.
During his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh was grilled by committee members for his past enjoyment of beer. They pressed him on high school terminology that he and his friendship group used, such as “boofing” (a childish name for flatulence) and “Beach Week Ralph Club” This was an actual article published by a respected outlet during that time: “Why the FBI Should Investigate ‘Boofing.’”
In the 1984 EVMS yearbook, the two men holding beer cans in the costumes are unidentified, but they appear above a quote by Northam which reads “There are more old drunks than old doctors in the world so I think I’ll have another beer.”
The Republican Party of Virginia has called for the Governor to step down from his position after the revelations.
According to independent journalist Nick Monroe, Northam’s nickname, “Coonman,” is printed on page 90 of the yearbook.
Northam graduated from the school in that year and practiced medicine as a pediatric neurologist.
One Democrat, Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, defended Governor Northam to the Washington Post, saying, “I would think no one in the General Assembly who would like their college conduct examined. I would hate to have to go back and examine my two years in the Army. Trust me. I was 18 years old and I was a handful, OK? His life since then has been anything but. It’s been a life of helping people, and many times for free.”
This mess is just two weeks removed from the now-infamous Covington Catholic incident in which prominent Democrats and mainstream journalists led a mobbing of Christian teenage high schoolers, labelling them racists and comparing them to Nazis and KKK members for harassing a native elder. Later released video exonerated the boys of wrongdoing and revealed that they were the ones who were harassed.
Governor Northam released a statement through his office today. In the statement, he confirms that he appears in the photo, apologizes for it, but refuses to resign:
I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now. This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.
Only a week earlier, Florida’s Republican Secretary of State stepped down after the media backlash waged against him for a past photo depicting him in blackface.
In the light of just how biased the establishment media has been in its recent coverage of Judge Kavanaugh and the Covington boys, it will be interesting to see how this story unfolds. For now, it appears that there is an unwritten rule that you should be forgiven for your youthful mistakes, unless you’re conservative.