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PoliticsVirginia governor says he "overreacted" with initial apology for racist photo

19:40  11 february  2019
19:40  11 february  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Official: Gov. Northam tells staff he's staying

Official: Gov. Northam tells staff he's staying A senior official in Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's administration says the governor has told his top staff that he does not plan to resign over a racist photo despite intense pressure to step down. The official says Northam told his Cabinet during a Friday afternoon meeting that he intends to stay. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Northam has faced widespread calls to step down over after his medical school yearbook page with a racist photo surfaced last week. It shows one person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood.

Virginia lieutenant governor wants accusations investigated. RICHMOND, Va . But he said that reflection has convinced him that, by remaining in office, he can work to resolve them. On Saturday, Northam made his first official public appearance since he denied being in the photo , attending the

Northam initially apologized and said he was one of the people in the photo , but later recanted in a news conference a day later, saying he was not in He also told the Post that he " overreacted " with releasing his initial statement saying he was one of the two men in the racist yearbook photograph .

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he's "not going anywhere" in spite of a racist photo printed in his medical school yearbook. The Democratic lawmaker admitted to "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King he "overreacted" when he initially apologized for appearing in the photograph of two men – one wearing blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan costume – on his 1984 yearbook page.

"When you're in a state of shock like I was, we don't always think as clearly as we should. I will tell you that later that night I had a chance to step back, take a deep breath, look at the picture and said, 'This is not me in the picture,'" Northam said. "And I also had a number of friends and classmates from medical school that called and said Ralph that is not you and that was comforting as well."

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RICHMOND, Va . (AP) - Virginia 's embattled lieutenant governor has urged authorities to investigate sexual He also repeated his contention that he is not pictured in the photo on his yearbook page that "I overreacted ," he said . "If I had it to do over again, I would step back and take a deep breath."

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"But governor, that's a hell of an overreaction for something that is so sensitive and so offensive and so explosive to take responsibility without really knowing for 100 percent that that's me," King said.

"Yes, again, when I stepped back and looked at it, I just said, I know it's not me in the Klan outfit. And I started looking in a picture of the individual with blackface. I said that's not me either. And that's why I felt so strongly about going in front of the camera on Saturday and clarifying," Northam said.

But instead of clarifying at a press conference nine days ago, he raised more questions. He changed his response saying he's not either of the people in the photo, but he admitted to wearing shoe polish to darken his face impersonating Michael Jackson for a dance competition.

Northam's former classmates "fully believe" he is not in racist photo

Northam's former classmates The Virginia governor has been under fire after a racist photo was uncovered on his 1984 medical school yearbook page . He initially apologized but later denied that he is one of the people in the photo. Late Tuesday, a group of former classmates issued a statement saying they "fully believe" Northam is not in the photo and they do not believe the governor is racist. © Win McNamee / Getty Images Democratic Gov. Candidate Ralph Northam Attends Friday Prayers At VA Mosque Republican State Sen.

1, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said that despite widespread calls for his resignation he is determined to spend the remaining three years of his term The governor still contends that he is not in the photograph of one person in blackface and another in KKK robes but could not say how it wound up

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said racist photo controversy happened for "a reason"

When the picture surfaced earlier this month, Northam said it was the first time he had seen it.

Virginia governor says he "overreacted" with initial apology for racist photo© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. "How can that be? It's on your yearbook page, governor," King said.   "Well, I was shocked to see it. And I really believe that the fact that if you look at the unpreparedness of me to react to this, both on Friday night and Saturday, that really confirms that this is the first time," Northam said.

He now said this is a teaching moment for himself and the country.

"I was born in white privilege and that has implications to it," Northam said, adding, "I didn't realize really the powerful implications of that. And again talking to a lot of friends, that has come crystal clear to me this week. I have also learned why the use of blackface is so offensive and yes, I knew it in the past. But reality has really set in."

A Washington Post poll this weekend shows Virginians are split on whether he should stay in office, but more than half of black Virginians do not think he needs to step down.

Maryland governor: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam should resign.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan believes embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam should vacate the neighboring state's executive mansion. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); “The governor of Virginia should resign. It's completely unacceptable,” Hogan, a Republican, told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday. “I’m sure he’s lost the confidence of the people of Virginia, and I've been very clear.

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