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In Biting Editorial, WaPo Declares Northam Must Go

'Virginians deserve better'

(Newser) - Virginia's Democratic governor needs to stop making excuses and start packing his bags, the Washington Post 's editorial board has decided. Gov. Ralph Northam "can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia who elected him," the board writes, slamming his "shifting and credulity-shredding explanations"...

Embattled Governor 'Now Considering Resignation'

Ralph Northam met with senior staffers Sunday night

(Newser) - Ralph Northam was still the governor of Virginia as of Sunday night—but with dozens of his fellow Democrats calling for him to step down over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, few observers expect him to last another week. Sources tell the Washington Post that Northam...

Va. Governor Explains Shifting Statements on Racist Photo

As Hillary Clinton, state's senators say he has to go

(Newser) - Virginia's embattled governor on Saturday pledged to remain in office after disavowing a blatantly racist photograph that appeared under his name in his 1984 medical school yearbook—and more calls for his resignation followed. After Gov. Ralph Northam spoke on Saturday, both of Virginia's US senators said they...

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Governor: That Was Not Me

"That is not my picture," says Gov. Ralph Northam

(Newser) - Virginia's governor on Saturday vowed to remain in office despite widespread calls for his resignation after a racist photo surfaced on a school yearbook page, the AP reports. His refusal to step down could signal a potentially long and bruising fight between Northam and his former supporters. Northam said...

Governor Sorry for KKK, Blackface Photo

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam apologizes

(Newser) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's page in his 1984 medical school yearbook contains a photo of a person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood next to different pictures of the governor, the AP reports. The revelation of the photographs prompted some Republicans to call for his...

Florida Secretary of State Resigns Over Blackface Pics

Michael Ertel dressed up as a Hurricane Katrina victim in 2005

(Newser) - Florida's top elections official abruptly resigned Thursday after a newspaper obtained pictures of him in blackface dressed as a Hurricane Katrina victim at a 2005 party, the AP reports. Secretary of State Michael Ertel, who had been on the job less than three weeks, resigned just hours after he...

2 Women Leave OU After 'Shocking, Racist Video'

Racial epithet was also used in video

(Newser) - Two University of Oklahoma students have voluntarily withdrawn from the school after one appeared in a video posted on social media wearing black face paint and using a racial epithet, the university's president said Monday. The Rev. Jim Gallogly said the two women apologized for what he called a...

Luxury Brand Pulls 'Blackface' Products Amid Outcry

A civil rights attorney was shocked by the display

(Newser) - "I don't make a lot of public posts, but right now I'm shaking with anger." So begins a Facebook post that has stirred public indignation and pushed the luxury brand Prada to pull products from its shelves, CNN reports. Chinyere Ezie, a civil rights attorney, says...

Fox Doesn't Sound Thrilled on Idea of Megyn Kelly Returning

Host won't return to NBC show, and Fox is 'extremely happy' with its own lineup

(Newser) - NBC aired a rerun in the slot for Megyn Kelly Today for the second straight morning on Friday, and the writing on the wall became official in the afternoon: She won't return to her show, period, with the controversy over her blackface comments seen as the final straw. "...

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Megyn Kelly May Be Losing Show

Insiders say she is in talks for a new role at NBC

(Newser) - The blackface controversy may have sealed the fate of Megyn Kelly Today. Sources tell Variety that Megyn Kelly has been in talks with NBC execs about abandoning the 9am morning show for a possible new role at NBC News. An insider close to Kelly says both sides are ready for...

Megyn Kelly's Colleagues Publicly Blast Her Comments

She addresses her Tuesday remarks about blackface on Wednesday's show

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly apologized to her colleagues on Tuesday for the comments she made about blackface during a Megyn Kelly Today segment on Halloween costumes. On Wednesday, she apologized to everybody else. She opened her show with the following (video here ): "I want to begin with two words, I'...

Megyn Kelly Apologizes to Colleagues for Blackface Comments

Not everyone was down with the 'Megyn Kelly Today' host's thoughts on Halloween

(Newser) - While at Fox News in 2013, Megyn Kelly got slammed for saying Santa "just is white." Another network, another holiday, another controversy: During a segment on controversial Halloween costumes during her NBC show on Tuesday, Kelly brought up the subject of wearing blackface on Halloween and whether doing...

Model on the Defense After 'Unrecognizable' Vogue Cover

Gigi Hadid says photo shoot 'was not executed correctly' after she's accused of donning 'blackface'

(Newser) - It's expected models will adopt varying looks during different photo shoots, but Gigi Hadid's cover for the May issue of Vogue Italia is raising more eyebrows than champagne glasses. Per the BBC , the 23-year-old was photographed by Steven Klein. She's shown on the cover (see it here...

University Suspends Frats, Sororities After Blackface Pic

More photos have surfaced showing fraternity members dressed up as gang members

(Newser) - A California state university has indefinitely suspended fraternities and sororities after photos surfaced showing a fraternity member in blackface and others dressed up as gang members. The move at California Polytechnic State University was announced Tuesday by school President Jeffrey Armstrong, who said in a lengthy letter to the campus...

Ex-Cop's Fundraiser for Freddie Gray 6: Blackface

Bobby Berger was fired from Baltimore PD in the '80s for his Al Jolson-inspired act

(Newser) - A former Baltimore police officer said yesterday that he plans to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers indicted in the death of Freddie Gray. Bobby Berger, whose performances as Jolson created tension with the department in the 1980s, said yesterday that...

George Takei Apologizes Over 'Blackface' Insult

Says his criticism of Clarence Thomas went too far

(Newser) - George Takei is taking another crack at explaining his description of Clarence Thomas as a "clown in blackface," and this time, instead of defending the insult , he starts thusly: "I owe an apology." The Star Trek actor has posted a Facebook update to apologize for the...

George Takei Defends His 'Blackface' Slam on Justice Thomas

It's not racist, he says

(Newser) - George Takei is usually the one doling out criticism for those who step out of line on matters of race or equality. This time, he's the one catching flak from critics. It's over an interview the actor gave to Fox 10 Phoenix in which he called Justice Clarence...

Dutch Court: Yes, Blackface Holiday Character Is Offensive

Amsterdam must rethink traditional 'Black Pete'

(Newser) - The US might still have the occasional case of a white person donning blackface with exactly the results you'd expect, but the Netherlands takes it to a whole other level. Or it least it has prior to today's ruling out of Amsterdam: A city court declared that the...

One More Time, White People: Blackface Is Wrong

It isn't funny, just ignorant: pundits

(Newser) - Another Halloween, another white person dons blackface with predictable results. This time, it's actress Julianne Hough getting most of the heat, though there's apparently plenty of Travyon Martin impersonators out there, too, writes Roxane Gay at the Los Angeles Times . We're still taking about this? She discounts...

Julianne Hough Wears Blackface For Halloween

Apologizes after costume is slammed on Twitter

(Newser) - Don't celebrities pay people to advise them against this sort of thing? Actress and dancer Julianne Hough has come under fire for dressing in blackface at a Halloween party last night. The 25-year-old Dancing With the Stars regular was dressed as the character Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren from...

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