Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) admitted to wearing blackface but denies being either the man in blackface or the man in a KKK robe in a photo he put on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) faces an accusation of sexual assault. The second person in line to be governor if Northam and Fairfax resign is Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D), who also admitted Wednesday to wearing blackface in 1980. And the next person in line after Herring is Kirk Cox, the Republican speaker of the House of Delegates, who is speaker only because Republican Del. David Yancey broke his electoral tie with Democratic challenger Shelley Simonds by dumb luck — his name was drawn out of a bowl.
Or, as the New York Post summarized all that information on Thursday's front page:
So, Virginia's political crisis is mostly attributable to college kids wearing blackface in the 1980s. Was that really a thing? Maybe.
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