Protesters Read List of Demands, Call for Gov. Northam's Resignation
The fallout continues over a decades-old racially offensive photo on the medical school yearbook page of Governor Ralph Northam.
RICHMOND, Va. (WVIR) - The fallout continues over a decades-old racially offensive photo on the medical school yearbook page of Governor Ralph Northam.
On Wednesday, February 13, protesters took to the streets in Richmond with a list of demands that includes the state’s top leaders stepping down from their positions.
The group Virginia Black Politicos took to the Governor’s Mansion in the wake of Northam's admittance that he wore blackface while in college.
The timing was set to coincide with a Black History Month celebration that the governor postponed.
The group presented a letter calling for the resignations of both Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring, who also admitted to wearing blackface in college.
In their list of demands for elected figures, activists want to see the removal of Confederate statues and memorials from public spaces and support for minority-owned businesses, with an emphasis on those owned by African-Americans.
One of the leaders of the group is Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy, who says it's time for the governor to step down so that Virginians can heal.
“What will we tell them that we did in regard to standing up for white supremacy?” Bellamy said. “What will we tell them and their colleagues and their pupils in school that we did in the year 2019 when our governor decided to make fun of our people?"
The group is also asking Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax to resign if the sexual assault allegations against him are true.
This comes after Northam told his top staff that he has no plans to resign.
A spokesperson for the governor says the Black History Month celebration will be rescheduled for later this month.