Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Saturday he won’t step down and help the state heal from racial inequality in rest part of his term.
Lately call for his resignation has sparked following the public reveal of a 1984 medical school yearbook page photograph that featured two individuals in racist costumes. Initially the governor confirmed one was he in the picture. He apologized, but later he took a U-turn saying he was not.
Saying he won’t step down, the governor added in a news conference that once in 1980s dance contest he had darkened his face to resemble Michael Jackson.
Northam added he has now directed his Cabinet to come up with a proposal that could help in tackling inequality in the state.
Briefing to the media people he said, “It’s obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do. There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity.”
Northam further said level of racial awareness issues is currently high in the state and they are well prepared to learn from mistakes.
About her initial statement the governor said he overreacted saying he was one of the individuals in the photo.
The governor was asked whether portrait of a former Virginia governor should be removed who defended slavery. Northam said it is an important part of history and one should not shy away from it.
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