- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has been embroiled in controversy following the discovery of a 1984 yearbook photo featuring "racist and offensive" blackface and KKK costumes.
- Northam is a former US Army medical officer and career physician who has been described as a staunch opponent of racism.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was thrust into the national spotlight over two controversies that have emerged after his first year in office.
After sparking debate with confusing comments about the dangers facing mothers and babies in later-term abortions, a 1984 yearbook photo featuring "racist and offensive" blackface and KKK costumes surfaced on the conservative site Big League Politics. Northam has faced condemnation from both sides of the aisle for the photos, and near-universal cries from politicians to resign.
Before the debacle, Northam had a thriving career.
Northam is a Virginia native, former US Army medical officer, and physician who has been described as a staunch opponent of racism, but the storm over his 1984 yearbook page seems to pose a serious threat to his previously strong reputation.
Northam was born and raised on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and attended the Virginia Military Institute before graduating with his M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School.
It was in an EVMS yearbook that the photo of two people in blackface and a KKK costume was found.
Source: Commonwealth of Virginia
Northam worked in residencies at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and served as chief neurological resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital for eight years in the United States Army.
During his time as a medical officer from 1984-1992, Northam was based in Germany, treating soldiers wounded in Operation Desert Storm.
Sources: Virginia General Assembly
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