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Virginia Atty. Gen. Mark Herring says he wore blackface at college party, the third recent scandal among state’s leaders

Attorney General Mark Herring conducted a round table discussion with a diverse group that included
Virginia’s attorney general, Mark Herring, in Roanoke, Va., on Dec. 18.
(Stephanie Klein-Davis / Associated Press)

Another top Virginia Democrat has admitted to wearing blackface decades ago. Atty. Gen. 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 a person in blackface standing next to a person in Ku Klux Klan robes on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. Fairfax, next in line to be governor, has been accused of sexual misconduct, which he denies.


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