AFRICANGLOBE – The man who’s second in line to become Virginia’s governor on Wednesday admitted that he too has worn blackface — just days after he called on Gov. Ralph Northam to resign for the same thing.
Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring on Saturday declared, “It is no longer possible for Governor Northam to lead our commonwealth, and it is time for him to step down.”
But on Wednesday, he issued a statement saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 when dressing up as a Black rapper during a party when he was a student at the University of Virginia.
“In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song. It sounds ridiculous even now writing it,” Herring said.
“But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes — and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others — we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup.”
Despite his statement about Northam on Saturday, Herring claimed the incident “has haunted me for decades.”
He did not offer to resign himself, saying instead that, “In the days ahead, honest conversations and discussions will make it clear whether I can or should continue to serve as attorney general.”
“No matter where we go from here, I will say that from the bottom of my heart, I am deeply, deeply sorry for the pain that I cause with this revelation,” he continued.
Herring was one of many who called on Northam to resign over a newly uncovered photo in his medical school yearbook showing a man in blackface and another in KKK garb. Northam has denied he is in the image, but in doing so, admitted he did once appear in blackface while dressing as Michael Jackson.
The next lawmaker in line for the state’s top job, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, was then hit with allegations of sexual assault, which he denies.
The third in line for the gig is state House Speaker Kirk Cox — a Republican. Cox is among those demanding Northam’s resignation.
By: Ruth Brown