An investigation into Eastern Virginia University’s 1984 Medical School yearbook yielded revelations about Virginia’s government which has left him clinging on for his political life. On Ralph Northam’s (D-VA) personal yearbook, there is an image of a man wearing a KKK costume standing next to another dressed in blackface, both outfits with a highly racist history against the black population in the United States.
For example, both of Virginia’s Democratic senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, have called for his resignation. Even presidential candidates are getting involved with several joining the chorus calling for Northam to make his exit from the governorship.
This sentiment is found across the ideological spectrum with both Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes and Hillary Clinton calling for his resignation. Despite this growing sentiment, Northam may be remaining in office due to developments concerning his Lieutenant Governor.
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax has recently been accused of sexual assault in 2004. Consequently, this has put his own political future into consequence with Virginians being forced to have either a possible racist and a possible assailant in their governor’s mansion. According to the BBC, Fairfax has questioned the timing of the accusations without directly mentioning Northam. In any case, Virginia’s political future remains unclear amidst the media storm.