After the announcement of the racist photos, have called for members of his party for the resignation of democratic U.S. Governor Ralph Northam. The image from a UNI-Yearbook, shows two figures: One is the typical hooded robes of the Ku Klux Klan, for many of the lynchings in the southern States of the USA. The other has the face and hands painted black (black facing) and wants to represent African-Americans. Black facing goes on a racist Tradition of the 19th century. Century, actor painted black, the dance of the slaves to imitate.

the photo from The Uni-Yearbook of 1984, initially from a site in the network, and then by several U.S. media picked up had been made. Anyone who is of the two figures, the Governor of the US state of Virginia, remained open. Shortly thereafter, the CBS TV channel found a year book page from Northams time in the military. There, among other things, his nickname is “Coonman”. The word “Coon” is a racist term for a black Person.

Northam has apologized for the photo, it was “clearly racist and insulting”, and corresponds in no way to its current values. A willingness to resign, he left in his personal statement, however, does not recognize.

After the publication of the photos the Republican party and against the discrimination of Black fighting civil rights Association, NAACP asked the 59-year-old Governor to resign. Also from his own party, there was harsh criticism: All of the democratic presidential candidate called for his resignation.

California Senator Kamala Harris wrote on Twitter, “racism should have no place in the government”. The politician, whose mother is from India and father from Jamaica originates, wants to compete for the Democrats in the presidential election of 2020.

The picture calls “centuries of anger, anguish and racist violence,” said the African-American U.S. Senator Cory Booker a few hours after its application to the presidential candidacy of the Democrats. It had shaken the confidence in Northam, therefore, he should resign, added Booker.

The state of Virginia was confronted in recent years with more of his racist past of slavery. In the summer of 2017 members of the Ku Klux Klan on the streets in the University city of Charlottesville in the state once again to demonstrate against the removal of the Statue of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee. On the sidelines of the protests, was shot and killed a woman.

The election of the democratic Governor Northam 2017 was seen by many in the country as a victory to Donald Trump, and as a sign against the heritage of the Confederacy. In the American civil war the Confederate States had fought for the preservation of slavery.

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