"I wish her no harm or humiliation, nor do I seek to denigrate her or diminish her voice", Fairfax said Wednesday.
Blackface is makeup traditionally used by non-black performers to mock African Americans and was prevalent in minstrel shows in the 19th century.
Lt. Governor Fairfax has stated that the sexual encounter between him and California university professor Vanessa Tyson 15 years ago was "100 percent consensual". Judith Kelley, dean of the Sanford School, declined to comment to The Chronicle when asked for her reaction to the allegation and whether the Board planned to take any action in response.
"We're really wanting to be clear that we need our Democratic leadership to change... we really want a party that's open to all without regard to race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and we encourage black leadership, indigenous leadership, woman leadership, LGBTQ... and marginalized folks to really step into political participation while challenging the validity of Virginia's white supremacist Democratic party", the organizer stressed.
Tyson alleged that Fairfax, a Democrat, forced her to perform oral sex during the July 2004 encounter, which occurred during the Democratic National Convention in Boston, according to The Washington Post.
Herring came down hard on Northam when the yearbook photo surfaced, condemning it as "indefensible", and "profoundly offensive".
Republican Del. David Yancey was tied with Democrat Shelly Simonds after all votes were counted in the 2017 Virginia election. The GOP speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox, is in line to become governor, and the Republican-controlled House would select a new attorney general.
And an IL mayor, Hal Patton of Edwardsville, was running for the state Senate in 2018 when the Belleville News-Democrat newspaper published a photo of him in blackface at a Halloween party a decade earlier.
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax presides over a session of the state senate inside the capital building in dowtown Richmond, on February 4, 2019.
"While this allegation has been both surprising and hurtful, I also recognize that no one makes charges of this kind lightly, and I take it and this situation very seriously", Fairfax wrote. President Trump referred to Northam's interview during his State of the Union speech, where he bashed the embattled governor for stating "he would execute a baby after birth". A candid picture taken yesterday of a Democratic senator in Virginia captured the impact of the strain.
"Instinctively, you know if you put black paint on your face; you know if you put a hood on", Northam's friend and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) told CNN.
Last week, the conservative news site Big League Politics published a photo from Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook showing two men, one dressed in blackface and the other in a Ku Klux Klan robe, and purporting that one of them was Northam.
On Thursday, Donald Trump accused Democrats of "killing the Great State of Virginia" and suggested the crisis could improve his Republican party's chances in the state in the 2020 election. Northam apologized, then denied appearing in the photo a day later, and has so far resisted calls to resign, despite condemnation from both parties and a trouncing on social media. POSSIBLE REDEMPTION Late on Thursday, the state's congressional delegation released a statement indicating a consensus of forgiveness might be emerging around Herring.