He wore it to look like a black rapper back in 1980 at a college party.
WHAT is going on in Virginia? After the backlash against Gov. Ralph Northam (D), I guess those who also donned blackface want to get ahead of the news.
Attorney General Mark Herring just admitted that wore blackface back in 1980 at a party in college.
Please see my statement below. pic.twitter.com/FBDcgxHOq9
— Mark Herring (@MarkHerringVA) February 6, 2019
From Fox News:
“In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song,” Herring said. “It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes – and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others – we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup.”
Said Herring, “This was a onetime occurrence and I accept full responsibility for my conduct.”
The revelation further roils the top levels of Virginia government.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax are already facing controversies, and Herring would be next in line to be governor after those two men.
Many including Herring have urged Northam to resign after the discovery of a photo of someone in blackface on his 1984 medical school yearbook page.
Herring wrote that it “was a onetime occurrence” and he accepts “full responsibility for” his conduct.”
Look at how The New York Times addressed it:
Heck of a headline update from The New York Times. pic.twitter.com/czkDqJwSAK
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 6, 2019
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