In February, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was accused of appearing in a photo dressed either in blackface or in a KKK outfit. The photo was found in Governor Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook. Although Governor Northam denies appearing in the yearbook photo, he did admit to wearing blackface to dress up as Michael Jackson for a 1984 party. The yearbook photo and Governor Northam’s admission to wearing blackface, regardless of the situation, has caused many in the U.S. to call for his resignation.
Those calling for Governor Northam’s resignation believe that any racist behavior, even as a student, makes him unfit for office. Although Northam denies he appeared in the yearbook photo, many think that any admittance to wearing blackface is grounds for resignation and makes Governor Northam unfit for office.
Those who believe Governor Northam should not resign maintain that the antics of Northam as a student do not disqualify him for public office as a matured adult. While many on this side do not think Governor Northam’s past actions should be overlooked, they do believe that mistakes made as a student should not dictate his ability to serve in public office. What do you think? Should candidates for public office or elected officials be held accountable for their actions when they were students?