Protesters outside the Executive Mansion on Monday again called on Gov. Ralph Northam to resign after a racist photo was discovered on his medical school yearbook page.
About 100 people, gathered on the north side of the mansion near the Patrick Henry Building, urged the governor to step down from the state's highest office, a call consistent with what most national and local politicians have made.
“We want him to leave today,” said Hilda Espinosa in a speech that was spoken in Spanish but translated to English. “Not a single day more.”
A photo surfaced last Friday showing one person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan outfit on Northam’s page in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook. The governor originally apologized for the photo but backtracked at a press conference a day later, saying it wasn’t him in the photo. He did say he used blackface in another situation that year.
The morning after the photo was revealed, about 50 people protested the photo and called on Northam to resign outside the mansion.
The protesters on Monday chanted, held signs and marched around the Patrick Henry Building, saying the governor should take the advice of both Democrats and Republicans and resign.
“The people trusted you,” said Vilma Seymour, the president of the Richmond chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens. “Now you must listen to the people.”
Said Zyahna Bryant, of Charlottesville: “We’re not allowing racists to be in office and an apology is not enough.”
Many attendees Monday said they supported Northam during the 2017 gubernatorial election.
“It’s the most egregious thing that a governor could do,” said Stephanie Fritsch, 54, who lives outside of Harrisburg, Pa., and took a bus to Richmond early Monday to join the protest. “Everyone is accountable for what they do in the past and he’s trying not to be.”
Rally organizer Luis Aguilar said the protests will continue until Northam resigns.