Race and sexism scandal engulfs Virginia officials

Race and sexism scandal engulfs Virginia officials

Asked whether she thinks Virginia Governor Ralph Northam should resign over the racist yearbook photo of him which emerged last week, she said he and two other top Virginia Democrats who have been entangled in scandal this week should "take personal responsibility for their decisions".

The political crisis in Virginia deepened on Wednesday when the attorney general admitted to wearing blackface in the 1980s at a college party, becoming the state's third high-ranking Democrat caught up in scandal.

The editorial continued, noting that Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax's sexual misconduct accusation is not "relevant" to Northam's scandal or his "manifest inability at this point to be an effective governor".

His troubles worsened on Wednesday as the woman went public with a detailed version of the 2004 encounter at a Boston hotel.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, accompanied by his wife Pamela Northam announces he will not resign during a news conference in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. February 2, 2019.

After Fairfax, 39, and Herring, 57, the next in the line of succession for the governorship is state House speaker Kirk Cox, a Republican.

The operative added: "I think where we are today doesn't cause permanent damage, but if they stick around then it could".

"It sounds ridiculous even now writing it". "We dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup".

Herring described his actions as a "minimisation" of people of colour, and of America's fraught racial history, which he says he was well aware of at the time.

But he added: "This conduct is in no way reflective of the man I have become in the almost 40 years since". "I did not speak about it for years, and I (like most survivors) suppressed those memories and emotions as a necessary means to continue my studies, and to pursue my goal of building a successful career as an academic".

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With its historic ties to 19th-century U.S. minstrel shows in which white performers would caricature black slaves, blackface is widely seen as racist in modern America, though it remained a trope of popular television shows and movies through the 1980s.

The black caucus quickly condemned Northam and called on him to resign after his initial comments about the yearbook photo, but the group has been silent so far on the allegations involving Fairfax and Herring. But he did admit wearing dark shoe polish on his face to imitate pop singer Michael Jackson while he was in the Army in 1984.

"I have never done anything like what she suggests", Fairfax said in a statement.

Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor at Scripps College in California, said Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex on him in July 2004 at the Democratic National Convention.

"After the assault, I suffered from both deep humiliation and shame", Tyson writes.

Scott then talked to the reporter investigating the allegations and, according to the aides, learned more about what Tyson was alleging, but not the full extent of what she revealed on Wednesday. Tyson said that she has no political motive and is a "proud Democrat".

The statement continued on: "I trust her beyond measure and know how this incident haunted and traumatized her because she told me so and because I know her well and could hear the anguish in her voice".

Wilkinson Walsh just successfully weathered allegations of sexual assault against a prominent public figure. NBC host Megyn Kelly had her show canceled and was ousted from the network past year, after she suggested that wearing blackface is acceptable as part of a costume.

Shortly afterward, the state's two US senators and seven Democratic congressmen took a similar approach.