Accuracy in Media

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who came under fire earlier this week for comments he made in support of loosening abortion restrictions in the state, is in hot water again.

In Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook, he is pictured alongside a photo of two men: one in blackface, the other in Ku Klux Klan regalia, as reported by the Virginian-Pilot. Northam graduated from the Eastern Virginia Medical School that year.

The Pilot reports:

“On the half-page set aside for Northam, there is a headshot of him in a jacket and tie, a photo of him in a cowboy hat and boots and a third of him sitting casually on the ground, leaning against a convertible.

The fourth photo on the half-page has two people, one wearing white Ku Klux Klan robes and a hood, the other with his face painted black. The person with the black face is also wearing a white hat, black jacket, white shirt with a bow tie and plaid pants. Both are holding canned drinks.

It’s unclear who the people in costume are.

Under the photo of the men in blackface and the Klan hood are listed Northam’s alma mater, Virginia Military Institute, and his interest: “Pediatrics.” His quote is listed as “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I’ll have another beer.”




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