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Northam: Yearbook Picture Wasn’t Mine but I Did Dress Up as Michael Jackson Once

Virginia Democrat is in increasingly hot water

Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia gave a press conference on the photo unearthed on his medical yearbook page — and he was full of excuses and dismissal.

Northam was widely slammed and condemned when the news of a racist photo located on his yearbook page depicted someone in blackface and another person in a KKK robe.

Democrats, Republicans, and some in the media called on him to resign.

Related: Even Hillary Clinton Says Ralph Northam Must Resign Over Racist Photo

On Saturday, Northam held a presser claiming that the photo “on his page” wasn’t him dressed up — and he added that he once dressed up like Michael Jackson but that was the extent of his blackface:

Yesterday I took responsibility for content that appeared on my page in the Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook that was clearly racist and offensive. I am not and will not excuse the content of the photo. It was offensive, racist, and despicable. When my staff showed me the photo in question yesterday, I was seeing it for the first time. I did not purchase the EVMS yearbook and I was unaware of what was on my page.

When I was confronted with the images yesterday, I was appalled that they appeared on my page. But I believed then and now that I am not either of the people in that photo. I stand by my statement of apology to the many Virginians who were hurt by seeing this content on a yearbook content that belongs to me.

It is disgusting. It is offensive. It is racist. And it was my responsibility to recognize and prevent it from being published in the first place. I recognize that many people will find this difficult to believe. The photo appears with others I submitted, on a page with my name on it. Even in my own statement yesterday,

I conceded that, based on the evidence presented to me at the time, the most likely explanation [was] that it was indeed me in the photo. In the hours since I made my statement yesterday, I reflected with my family and classmates from the time and affirmed my conclusion that I am not the person in that photo.

If he denies being in the yearbook photo but comes out as dressing up as a famous person — Michael Jackson — then that means, “See, I would say so if I was in blackface or a hood because I’m coming clean about dressing up as Michael Jackson, which isn’t racist.”

Didn’t Megan Kelly get fired, in part, from NBC for saying it was OK to dress up in blackface as long as it was part of playing a character for a Halloween costume?

I wonder how the media will circle the wagons now.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of WayneDupree.com. He was named to 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He served in the USAF from 1987-1995; he saw time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield. The father of three, he's the host of "The Wayne Dupree Show."