Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has apologized for a “racist and offensive” costume seen on his 1984 medical school yearbook page.
The photo shows a person in blackface and another in full Ku Klux Klan robes. The governor did not say which costume he was wearing.
The Democratic governor said Friday that the behavior was not in keeping with his values and he will work to heal the damage he has caused.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 yearbook page shows a picture of a person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood next to different pictures of the governor.
The Virginian-Pilot said it obtained a copy of the photo Friday from Eastern Virginia Medical School library, which Northam attended. The photos were first published by the conservative news outlet Big League Politics. The Associated Press confirmed the photos.
It’s unclear who the people in the picture are, but the rest of the page is filled with pictures of Northam and lists his undergraduate alma mater and other information about him.
The Democratic governor’s office did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Northam has recently come under fire from Republicans for supporting looser restrictions on late-term abortions.