The Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, is not to see their own information, but on a controversial photo of the year 1984, which has led to the withdrawal of claims against the politician.

The picture shows two unidentified people at a Party – a black geschminktem face in attempted imitation of an Afro-American, the other in the typical habit of the racist Ku-Klux-clan.

The politicians had declared in a first statement on Friday, the photo showing him “in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive”. He could apologize for his “hurtful” behavior, from today’s point of view only. Comparisons with the Ku Klux Klan and the black-painting of faces apply in the US-society as a taboo. Therefore, it met with a barrage of calls for his resignation, even from Northams own democratic party.

On Saturday, the Governor said at a specially convened press conference at the side of his wife: “That’s definitely me.” He interviewed, researched, and family members, as well as study friends, and found out that he was, at the relevant time, even in Virginia. He didn’t buy the Yearbook.

His critics he was not able to appease it. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner – former governors of Virginia said after the press conference of their party friend, he was no longer wearable and had to withdraw.

Even U.S. President Donald Trump intervened and Northams alleged behaviour on Twitter as “unforgivable”. In addition, he let go of a top against the campaign team of Republican Ed Gillespie, the Northam was put in the Governor elections in 2017: Gillespie should pull his former assistants because of “dereliction of Duty” to be accountable, wrote Trump. “If you had discovered this terrible image in front of the choice, he would have won by 20 percentage points advantage!”


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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