Virginia governor denies being in racist photo, refuses to resign

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PHOTO: Ralph Northam (D), 73rd Governor of Virginia since January 13, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, is clinging to office amid rising calls from within his own party to resign over a photo of someone in blackface in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

Northan denies being in the yearbook photo even though he had apologized for it Friday and said previously that he was in it.

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The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus said Sunday that Northam “still does not understand the seriousness of his actions.”

California Rep. Karen Bass, a fellow Democrat, says she thinks Northam is being “dishonest.” She has told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the Virginia governor knew this picture was there and could’ve been open about it decades ago with African-Americans that he’s close to.

Northam worshipped Sunday at his home church, the predominantly black First Baptist in Capeville, but otherwise kept out of sight as calls intensified for him to step down.