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Virginia’s Democrat Attorney General Admits to Wearing Blackface in 1980

It’s the latest explosive development in an ongoing scandal among Virginia Democrats.

By NTK Staff | 02.06.2019 @11:53am
Virginia’s Democrat Attorney General Admits to Wearing Blackface in 1980

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D-VA) admitted to wearing blackface at a party in 1980, according to a report by the Associated Press. The outlet tweeted the headline and the single-sentence story at 11:37 a.m. on Wednesday.

UPDATE: The AP updated the story to include a statement from Herring:

In the statement, Herring said he and two friends dressed up to look like rappers they listened to, including Kurtis Blow.

“It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. 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,” he said.

“That conduct clearly shows that, as a young man, I had a callous and inexcusable lack of awareness and insensitivity to the pain my behavior could inflict on others. It was really a minimization of both people of color, and a minimization of a horrific history I knew well even then.”

It is the latest scandal to rock Richmond, following an explosive yearbook photo that appeared to show Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) also in blackface or in a Ku Klux Klan hood. After initially admitted he was in the photo, Northam held a press conference on Saturday to deny that the photo was his. Northam did admit, however, to wearing blackface while performing at a dance competition in 1984 as singer Michael Jackson.

Nearly every national Democrat and the entire Virginia congressional delegation has called on Northam to resign.

In a separate scandal, a woman has come forward to accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-VA) of sexual assault. That incident allegedly occurred in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention. Fairfax denies the allegation. NBC News reported Wednesday morning that Fairfax used profane language to describe his accuser during a private meeting Monday night:

Should either Northam or Fairfax resign, Herring would have been the third in line for the governorship in Virginia. He was widely expected to launch a gubernatorial run in 2021 before this news broke. Rumors began swirling in Richmond Wednesday morning that Herring would break some news, per Twitter:

In the unlikely event that all three men either step down from their posts or are forced out, the next in the commonwealth’s line of succession would be the speaker of the House of Delegates, Republican Kirk Cox.

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