Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring Admits He Wore Blackface
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring just admitted that he wore blackface while dressing up as a rapper back at a college party in the 1980s.
“In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song. It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes – and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others – we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup,” Herring said in the statement.
Herring’s confession comes just a few days after a scandal broke out involving Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam who was spotted wearing blackface at a party when he was younger. Ironically, Herring was among the Democrats who had called for Northam to resign over the scandalous yearbook photo.
He is now the third government official to have admitted to previously wearing blackface.