Blackface Caricatures Bigger Than Ralph Northam

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam denies that he is in this photograph one day after he admitted that one of the two was him. This photograph is taken from the Eastern Virginia Medical School 1984 yearbook.

I was born at the midway point of the 20th century, around 10 in the morning in the middle of October. The day before my birth a white medical physician had driven out to the family farm. He placed my mom in the backseat of his car, lest any of the good white folk in town started a rumor that he was driving around rural Georgia with a Black woman seated next to him during the height of southern segregation…

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store