Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam admits to wearing blackface to a party to portray Michael Jackson. He said, “I had the shoes, the glove, and used a little shoe polish on his cheeks” to portray Jackson at a dance party in San Antonio.
He said wants people to know that there’s a contrast between someone dressing up in blackface for a dance contest and wearing blackface while standing next to someone dressed in Ku Klux Klan garb. Northam said he spoke to a black friend about his blackface portrayal of Michael Jackson and was told it was wrong.
And yes, he also let it be known that he has “many black friends.” “I’ve had as much exposure to people of color as anyone,” Northam said.
Northam said he would not resign immediately. He also admitted to being called “Coonman.” He said two people at Virginia Military Institute called him that name. So, what did he do? Use in his yearbook there.
Northam also said he drank at times and that he has made mistakes during his life. In other words, there will be more shoes to drop. Virginia, you are better than this. Cut this man loose. I’m with Rev. Al Sharpton: “Ralph Northam should go back to the mansion, play Beat It, and start packing.”