Governor apologizes for blackface scandal, vows to address racial inequity

Gov. Ralph Northam delivers opening remarks at the Northern Neck Baptist Association conference at Macedonia Baptist Church.

by Megan Schiffres

HEATHSVILLE—Gov. Ralph Northam on July 9 apologized to faith leaders from across the Northern Neck for the blackface scandal that almost resulted in his removal from office, and vowed to use his remaining time as governor to address racial oppression across the Commonwealth.

“The events of February were hurtful to Virginians, hurtful to this county. They opened up wounds that still need a lot of healing, caused a lot of confusion among people, especially, probably, a lot of you that had faith in me and supported my endeavors and so for that I say I’m sorry and I want to learn from the mistakes that I’ve made,” said Gov. Northam. “What I will do over the next 2 1/2 years is I will address some of the inequities that we see in our society today that are related to black oppression.”

In February, photos depicting a person in blackface and a person in a Klu Klux Klan uniform were discovered on the governor’s page…