Investigation Into Racist Yearbook Photo Set for Release Wednesday


He ignored calls from his own party to step down and has resumed public appearances.

The 36-page report found no one "with first-hand knowledge of an actual mistake on any page, including any personal page, within the 1984 yearbook" and no evidence that the photo was placed in error, according to the report. He decided in 2014 that he was terminating yearbooks at the school.

This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association.

"Well I suspect it's been a thorough investigation, I have actually participated in the investigation", he said. "We're apolitical, and I did not feel that it was a necessary disclosure to make". Beside that person is another individual in a white cloak and pointed hood, covering everything but the eyes.

Northam initially apologized for appearing in the photo but then the very next day said that he did not believe he was either of the two figures in the photo.

The mystery of whether Gov. Ralph Northam was in the racist yearbook photo that upended Virginia politics may never be solved, but one thing is clear: The governor has survived what many initially thought was a fatal blow and has managed to return to something resembling normal.

In a statement released Wednesday, Northam reiterated he wasn't in the photo and said he is focusing on ways to use his position as governor to move forward on equity issues through the rest of his term. "I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now".

"I felt it was important to take accountability for the photo's presence on my page, but rather than providing clarity, I instead deepened pain and confusion", his statement said.

He said he'd "do it differently" if he could do it over again.

Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says the report's inconclusive results are probably the best possible outcome for the medical school and its many powerful and wealthy graduates.

Richard Homan, president and provost of EVMS, delivers opening remarks during news conference and release of yearbook investigation results on May 22, 2019.

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Northam reiterated that claim in a statement on Wednesday. He previously suggested that it could have been added to his yearbook page in a layout mix-up.

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One witness recalled reviewing Northam's page with him in 1984, indicating Northam was aware of the photo at the time.

"He just wants to exonerate himself, but doesn't want to throw anyone under the bus", the report says. Northam's profile in the 1984 yearbook includes a photo of a man in blackface standing next to someone in Ku Klux Klan clothing.

"So much has been overblown of this that we're kind of losing the big picture", said Jacob Pricenski, 20, a community college student from Suffolk who also works at a store in the mall. Northam denies being in the photo, which almost ended his political career in February. I didn't think through it. The image was on Northam's page in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook.

This comes despite the fact that Northam admitted to being in the photo when it first appeared in the news.

But he recanted the next day during a nationally televised news conference in Richmond.

The probe into the photo took three months to complete and investigators interviewed more than 50 people. "That same year, I did participate in a dance contest in San Antonio in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume".

The photo, which came to gentle in early February, sparked a fluctuate of outcry and frequent calls for Northam, a Democrat, to resign his space of enterprise. We had serious concerns about McGuire Woods conducting the investigation being that they have ties with EVMS and that EVMS paid for the firm to conduct the investigation. The estimated cost of the law firm's investigation is $300,000.

"With respect to the photograph on Governor Northam's personal page, we could not conclusively determine the identity of either individual depicted in the Photograph", the report said. In its conclusion Wednesday, the school said it's unable to identify the persons in the photo.