Ralph Northam refuses to resign, claiming he's not in racist photo

Del. Kathy Tran at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday

Del. Kathy Tran at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday

Jack Wilson, the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, said: "Racism has no place in Virginia. Racism and discrimination in any form is not acceptable", the statement said.

Northam has not answered any of those calls for his resignation, but apologized profusely for the 35-year-old photo. The photo was on Northam's profile page.

Northam said if he felt he wasn't able to function efficiently as governor, he would re-visit the matter.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called the photo "racist and contrary to fundamental American values" and called for him to "do the right thing".

Moving forward, she said Virginians would work together to get through this. The organization's founder, Margaret Sanger, was an avowed eugenist who wrote in her autobiography that she "accepted an invitation to talk to the women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan".

A press conference was scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, speaks during a news conference outside of his home, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Newark, N.J. Booker earlier in the day declared his bid for the presidency with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a "common goal".

The other individual is wearing a makeshift white hood and robe in the style of the Ku Klux Klan.

Northam's statement came after a conservative website, Big League Politics, posted an image of a Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page apparently dedicated entirely to Northam.

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, Democratic candidate for governor, delivers remarks before introducing former U.S. President Barack Obama to speak at a rally with supporters in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. October 19, 2017.

Northam is calling state lawmakers Saturday to try and gain support so he can remain in office, the Democrat said. He did not detail the costume he was wearing, but instead admitted that it was "clearly racist and offensive".

"And I said, 'Ralph, this is a day late and a dollar short".

A small number of protesters stood outside the governor's mansion Saturday to demand his resignation. Northam graduated from the school in 1984.

Northam released a statement Friday confirming he was one of the men in the photo, but didn't say which one he portrayed.

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"But given what was revealed today, it is clear that he can no longer effectively serve as governor", the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus said, "It is time for him to resign so that Virginia can begin the process of healing".

Following Mr Northam's, apology CBS News uncovered a copy of the Governor's Virginia Military Institute 1981 yearbook which lists one of his nicknames as the racial slur "Coonman".

Singer and actor John Legend tweeted: "What a poetic ending it would be for the black Lt. Gov to take over for the KKK cos-play governor", he said, referring to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. 57th District Delegate Toscano Calls on Northam to Resign:"The yearbook photograph of Governor Ralph Northam that went viral yesterday is outrageously offensive and deeply troubling". The governor has also been calling friends from medical school in an attempt to identify the men, the source added. It makes it nearly impossible for him to govern. "Having seen the photo, I believe Governor Northam should resign".

Former US housing secretary Julian Castro, who has also entered the race, said: "This behaviour was racist and unconscionable".

They are an example of a painful scourge that continues to haunt us today and holds us back from the progress we need to make. I believe you deserve to hear directly from me.

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