Ralph Northam is more than likely on his way out as Governor of Virginia because of this photo - one of its subjects purportedly being himself - posted on his page in his 1984 medical school yearbook.
But here's what really amazes me about that photo:
The picture was in a 1984 yearbook.
Apparently not. At least not in Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Governor Northam, who initially owned up to and apologized for having appeared in the photo, has now done a verbal pirouette and claims that he's not actually the person in the photo. We are to believe that some layout editor randomly chose this picture of somebody else to post on Northam's yearbook page.
Well, whether or not he's in that picture should be easy enough to sleuth out, should anyone care to make the effort, though I think the point might be moot: Northam has confessed that in the same year as the yearbook photo he donned blackface in parody of Michael Jackson for a dance contest. The guy apparently had a propensity for putting on blackface.
(And for arrogance, too, judging from the obnoxious ― and for a future doctor, insensitive ― quote he chose for his yearbook page).
Enough people of color have spoken out and made it clear that for them blackface is insulting, demeaning, and reminiscent of what they know of the suffering and humiliation of their ancestors.
People of color have spoken out enough on the subject of blackface. They shouldn't have to speak out anymore.