Virginia AG Mark Herring Says He Wore Blackface at 1980 College Party

HeadlineFeb 07, 2019

Meanwhile, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring resigned from his role as co-chair of the Democratic Attorneys General Association after admitting he wore blackface at a party in the 1980s as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. His admission came just days after a racist photo emerged showing Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page, depicting a man wearing blackface posing next to a man wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Northam initially apologized for the yearbook page but later said he was neither of the two men in the photo, while admitting to wearing blackface on another occasion that same year. If Gov. Northam, Lt. Gov. Fairfax and Attorney General Herring were to all step down, the next in succession for Virginia governor is House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox, a conservative anti-choice Republican. We’ll have more on Virginia’s political crisis after headlines.

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