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Gov. Ralph Northam Withdraws His Confession

By Donald V. Watkins

©Copyrighted and Published on February 2, 2019

Yesterday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam confessed on video and in a written press statement that he was one of two men depicted in a photograph on his medical school yearbook page. One of the men posed in blackface and the other one dressed in full Ku Klux Klan regalia.

The men depicted in the photograph were not portraying characters in a play or movie. These men self-selected a permanent image of how they wanted to be remembered by their peers in medical school and by the larger world.

Understandably, Ralph Northam would not say whether he was the man in blackface or the one in KKK regalia. Both images in the photograph are equally racist and inexcusable for a 25-year-old medical student.

During his confession in the court of public opinion, Northam apologized for posing in this racially offensive photograph. It is noteworthy that Northam’s confession was not the result of coercion or police brutality. It was freely and voluntarily given when Northam had a guilty conscience.

Widespread calls for Northam’s resignation quickly followed Friday’s public confession of inappropriate behavior. If Northam resigns, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, who is African-American, will succeed him as governor.

This afternoon, Ralph Northam withdrew his public confession. He is now denying that he is one of the two men in the racist 1984 photograph. He has offered no credible explanation for making his confession on Friday and withdrawing this confession on Saturday.

It appears that racism has invaded Northam’s confession and contrition process. The 1984 incident was bad enough on a stand-alone basis. Northam’s public confession on Friday was a noble step towards redemption.

Obviously, someone intervened after Northam's confession on Friday and convinced the governor that his resignation would elevate Fairfax to the governorship and give Fairfax a potential 7-year reign as Virginia’s chief executive officer. Northam bought into the course of action to deny Fairfax the opportunity to finish his term in office as governor.

To justify blocking Fairfax’s ascension to the governorship, Northam had to (a) withdraw his Friday confession, (b) lie today about his 1984 actions and (c) disclaim his presence in the racist yearbook photograph. This course of action constitutes the birth of a cover-up, which is worse than posing in the photograph.

Posing in the photograph was a dumb error in judgment. Lying is a deliberate intentional act of deception.

We now know that Ralph Shearer Northam was a racist in 1984; he is a racist today; and he will lie with impunity to further his tainted political career. What is more, his pathetic political and racial drama is unfolding as America celebrates Black History Month in February.

PHOTO: Virginia Governor Ralph Shearer Northam, a politician tainted by a racist past and entangled in a deceptive cover-up.

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Koda Shepherd
Koda Shepherd
Feb 06, 2019

Oh The hypocrisy!!

Another professor another sexual assault claim.... Where is the same outcry??

Does the "D" in Democrat stand for double standard??


Koda Shepherd
Koda Shepherd
Feb 05, 2019

Out of the frying pan into the fire???

I would say that if the Guv needs to resign then the the Lt Guv does too.

Your thoughts on the subject would be appreciated Donald V Watkins

Democrats who hoped they had found an answer to racism charges against Virginia’s governor were stung Monday when his heir apparent, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, had to fend off rape allegations.

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