Virginia blackface scandal: Ralph Northam vows to stay as governor

Virginia blackface scandal: Ralph Northam vows to stay as governor

Fairfax, who has denied the allegations, has also faced widespread calls from Democratic leaders to step aside.

In subsequent tweets, Hope said, "We owe it to all parties involved- especially the victims- to make sure that we have thought through every option the General Assembly has", and, "I believe Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson". "A historian advised me that the use of indentured was more historically accurate - the fact is, I'm still learning and committed to getting it right". "And that's why I felt so strongly about going in front of the camera on Saturday and clarifying", the governor said. "I've been in some very hard situations, life-and-death situations, taking care of sick children", Northam said. Life and death situations taking care of sick children.

"Virginia needs someone that can heal. There's no better person to do that than a doctor". But the practice, in which blacks have often been depicted in tattered clothing and demeaned intellectually, has for decades been considered as a racist characterization.

Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax meanwhile has been denying claims of sexual assault and rape.

Northam said he supports an investigation, but stopped short of calling for Fairfax's resignation.

If Northam, Fairfax and Herring resign, Kirk Cox, the Republican Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, would become governor. Jennifer McClellan, the vice chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, which has called on Fairfax to step down. In his first press conference after the photos surfaced, Northam nervously made jokes about how hard it is to wash off shoe polish and almost attempted the moonwalk.

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In an interview broadcast Monday, Northam provided a more complete explanation of his statements that set off this whole crisis following the discovery of a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook. The governor acknowledged blackening his face later in 1984 to look like pop singer Michael Jackson for a dance contest he won. Dave Mills and Courtney McCargo, the executive director and fundraiser, respectively, for Fairfax's We Rise Together PAC have stepped down, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Northam's comments echo those he made in a Saturday interview with The Washington Post, where he vowed to devote the rest of his governorship to advancing racial equity in the one-time heart of the Confederacy.

Northam told "CBS This Morning" that he overreacted and mistakenly took responsibility for the picture because had never seen the image before, even though it was on his yearbook page. CBS's Gayle King asked. "They need to be taken seriously".

"We have called for an independent investigation, and I am still very confident in the truth", Mr. Fairfax said as he entered the Senate chamber, where he serves as the presiding officer. After the second allegation was made Friday, Fairfax - the second African-American to ever win statewide office - was barraged with demands to step down from top Democrats, including a number of presidential hopefuls and most of Virginia's congressional delegation. "And this is regardless of party because Northam, of course, is a Democrat", says Dagnes, who has studied and written extensively about political scandals.

A Washington Post-Schar School poll released Sunday found that 47 percent of people in the state want the governor to resign and 47 want him to continue serving in his role. But he said that reflection has convinced him that, by remaining in office, he can work to resolve them.

Northam disappeared from the public spotlight much last week, as national discussion over the state's various scandals grew.

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