Virginia governor apologizes for 'racist and offensive' costume in yearbook photo


A political row is brewing in the state of Virginia. As you might have heard in the news after an offensive photo emerged showing the state's democratic governor wearing a racist costume the photo from Ralph Northerns nineteen Eighty-four medical school yearbook shows two men one dressed in black face as it's turned and the other include Klux, Klan, hood and robes, Mr. Northam has admitted that he appears in the photo. Although he hasn't said, which of the costumes he was wearing he released a video statement on Friday where he apologized but said he was a different man today that photo. And the racist and offensive attitudes. That represents does not reflect that person. I am today are the way that I have conducted myself as a soldier a doctor and a public servant. I'm deeply sorry. I cannot change the decision. I made. Can I undo the harm my behavior calls then and today, but I sat responsibility for my past actions. And I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust the BBC's Peter Bowes has been following developments. This is being seen as an extremely racist photo, the two individuals in it one in a Ku Klux Klan costume via the in a racist costume because he is in black face block face, of course, being the term used to describe a person wearing black makeup. Sometimes black grease paint. It dates back to the minstrel shows when actors white actors portrayed singing and dancing slaves. So you can see why that is so offensive to many people. And as we've heard he has been very quick to apologize. He has been widely criticized Republicans and Democrats as well have have come out. And said that he should resign. Come with a harassed very high profile at the moment presidential candidate or a Senator first term Senator she's the daughter of a black father from Jamaica, an Indian mother she said on Twitter that he should resign. She said leaders, a call to a higher standard and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. Julian Castro's former mayor of San Antonio in Texas, the grandson of a Mexican immigrant. He said in a tweet that Mr. Northerns behavior was racist, and

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