Virginia Gov. Northam '99% sure' he knows who wore blackface in his yearbook photo

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Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia claims he is “99% sure” he knows the identity of the man pictured wearing blackface in a picture on his medical school yearbook page. 

The image in question appeared in Northam’s 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook, depicting the blackface-wearing man alongside another student in a Ku Klux Klan costume 

“There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I’ll have another beer,” a quote on the page reads, with Northam’s name ornately printed at the top.


Northam previously apologized for the image, implying that he was one of the two unidentifiable men. However, the governor eventually walked the apology back, claiming that he was not actually in the photo.

Northam’s office is now claiming that the controversy was a case of mistaken identity, saying that the man in blackface is actually a former peer at medical school with a name close to Northam.

Northam told The Washington Post that he has been in contact with the man he believes appears in the photo, saying he is “99% sure” he found the real blackface wearer. Northam told the paper

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