Northam’s Ugly Yearbook Photo and the Racist Origins of Blackface

The image of a man in blackface standing beside a figure in Klan robes has deep roots in American history

Ralph Northam’s page in the 1984 yearbook of Eastern Virginia Medical School has a photo of a man in blackface and another man in a Ku Klux Klan costume. Photo obtained by the Washington Post

By Michael Brice-Saddler, Jessica Contrera, and DeNeen L. Brown

The racism was present the moment he took the stage.

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