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Virginia Governor's 1984 Yearbook Page Shows Racist Imagery

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Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WBOC) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's 1984 yearbook page shows a picture of a person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood next to different pictures of the governor.

The Virginian-Pilot said it obtained a copy of the photo Friday from Eastern Virginia Medical School library, which Northam attended. The photos were first published by the conservative news outlet Big League Politics. The Associated Press confirmed the photos.

It's unclear who the people in the picture are, but the rest of the page is filled with pictures of Northam and lists his undergraduate alma mater and other information about him.

Gov. Northam has apologized for a "racist and offensive" costume seen on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. The governor did not say which costume he was wearing.

Gov. Northam issued a video statement late Friday apologizing for appearing in that photo. Gov. Northam says he's "committed" to serving out the remainder of his term, indicating he does not plan to resign after an old photo of him wearing a racist outfit surfaced. He also says he's "ready to do the hard work of regaining" Virginians' trust. Northam's term is set to expire in 2022.

Several prominent Democrats have said Northam should resign, including two presidential hopefuls. Some Republican Virginia lawmakers have done the same.

Other organizations have also called for his resignation, like Planned Parenthood. The abortion-rights group joins a growing list of Democrats and progressive advocacy groups calling for the Democratic governor to step aside.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson tweeted Friday night that "Black face in any manner is always racist and never okay." Johnson's tweet came shortly after Northam apology.

Members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus say they are "still processing" the news. In a news release issued Friday night, the caucus said "what has been revealed is disgusting, reprehensible, and offensive." It went on to say that while the caucus has "no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, only permanent interests," members "are still processing what we have seen about the Governor."

The Democratic governor said Friday that the behavior was not in keeping with his values and he will work to heal the damage he has caused.

Northam has recently come under fire from Republicans for supporting looser restrictions on late-term abortions.

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