The press conference on Saturday by embattled Virginia’s Democrat Governor Ralph Northam over a controversial “racist and offensive”  picture in his 1984 medical school yearbook depicting two people one in a Black face and another in a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) costume was a big flop after a bizarre comparison.

The controversial image on Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school year book which reverberated across the country leading to calls for his immediate resignation.

In a rather awkward and bizarre twist, Northam, 59, appeared to denounce the  “racist and offensive” Black face on one hand but justified it on the other by admitting to painting his face Black as Michael Jackson in another occasion.

“I did not wear Black costume…but I did paint my face Black as Michael Jackson,” said Northam, to the disbelieve of many in the room and those also watching.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s pictures in his 1984 medical school yearbook have lead to calls for his resignation after they were deemed racist and offensive.

The press conference which had been excepted to be the announcement of his resignation turned out to be a bizarre and awkward moment with contradictory statements.  

It goes without saying that the bizarre presser also compounded his situation, making it worse for the embattled governor who seemed to embrace racism on one hand and a denunciation of it on the other.

Embattled Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife Pamela Northam during a bizarre press conference on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Credit: EPA

In addition to saying he had painted his face black with shoe polish to resemble Michael Jackson, Northam also said he has “Black friends” and even more bizarre, acknowledged his nickname as “Goose Coonman” as depicted in one of his yearbooks, to the shock, dismay and discomfort of many in the room and those watching.

Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam admitted to painting his face with black shoe-polish to look like Michael Jackson when he performed the singer's "Moonwalk" moves. Credit: Michael Jackson
Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam admitted to painting his face with black shoe-polish when he performed Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalk” moves. Credit: Michael Jackson

Another bizarre moment came when Northam almost did Michael Jackson’s “Moon Walk”  move had it not been for the intervention of his wife who stopped him reminding him it was inappropriate.

On Friday, the Gov. had acknowledged and issued an apology for being in the controversial racially-offensive photo albeit  not addressing whether he was the one in the Blackface or the one in the KKK robe and hood .

 “I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.  This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service,” he said.

“But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment,” he added.

Embattled Democrat Virginia Governor offering an apology on Friday, February 1, 2019 over the “racist and offensive” image in his 1984 medical school yearbook. Credit: Twitter

In yet another surreal moment, on Saturday, Northam seemed to reverse and contradict his own statement and apology which had been issued 24-hours earlier. He reversed his own statement that he was one of the two person depicted in the controversial racist image and contradicted his own apology when he denied being “either persons” in the  photograph.

The photo caused outrage throughout country after it surfaced.  Virginia is a state which has struggled with its unpleasant historical legacy of slavery and racism, hence the strong condemnation and calls for Northam’s resignation by almost every lawmaker in the state and throughout the country.

The Gov. has remained defiant amidst growing calls from his own party caucus in the state of Virginia, party leadership in Washington as well as from Republicans for him to step down.

President Trump called out Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam over his shifting explanations over the “racist and offensive” photo. Credit: Twitter

This recent controversy with the racially-offensive picture came barely 48-hours day after he made controversial remarks supporting infanticide whereby he advocated for the murder of babies during and after birth.

Twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton calls on Gov. Ralph Northam to resign. Credit: Twitter
Former Vice President Joe Biden also called Gov. Ralph Northam to resign. Credit: Twitter
Democrat House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked for Gov. Ralph Northam to resign. Credit: Twitter

The criticism on Northam’s defiance and continued refusal to resign is that he is someone who is prizing his own career and governorship position over the overall interest of his state and the party. 

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