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The unfortunate pervasiveness and durability of black face




Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks with reporters at a press conference at the Governor's mansion on February 2, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks with reporters at a press conference at the Governor's mansion on February 2, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia.
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Another top Virginia Democrat has admitted to wearing blackface decades ago.

Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement Wednesday saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia.

The revelation further roils the top levels of Virginia government. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax are already facing controversies, and Herring would be next in line to be governor after those two men.

Many including Herring have urged Northam to resign after the discovery of a photo of someone in blackface on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. Fairfax, next in line to be governor, has been accused of sexual misconduct, which he denies.

In light of these revelations coming from the Virginia legislature, AirTalk wants to hear your experiences with black face: when was the first, if ever, you had encountered it? What was your reaction?

Call 866-893-5722 to share your experience.

With files from the Associated Press.

Guest:

Jody Armour, professor of law at USC; he tweets @NiggaTheory