Dean of Eastern Virginia Medical School of Medicine, Richard Homan, left, speaks to the media as attorney for McGuire Woods law firm, Ben Hatch, center, and McGuire Woods partner, Richard Cullen, right, listen during a news conference on a report announcing the results of an investigation into a blackface photo that appeared on the yearbook page of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam from his Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook in Norfolk, Va., Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
The firm Homan hired to conduct the investigation into Northam was Richmond-based McGuireWoods, which earlier this year hosted a fundraiser for him at its office where Northam's PAC was able to raise more than $200,000, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. They interviewed him twice... as well as interviewed Mrs. Northam and members of his staff.
A photo of two people on Governor Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page from 1984 surfaced and caused widespread concern for Virginians.
An investigation into whether it was, indeed, Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) pictured either in blackface or wearing a KKK hood in his medical school yearbook has come up empty.
In the online press release published by EVMS, President and Provost Dr. Richard Homan said that the publication of the insensitive pictures was a "failure of administrative oversight on the part of EVMS".
A former school roommate, now a dentist, told Northam and the lawyers that Northam's teeth "had never looked as good" as the person in blackface. "I shouldn't use the term raising a gun to my head, but they were saying we need to do it quickly", Northam said, according to the report.
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Northam's chief of staff, Clark Mercer, told investigators the governor was "in a state of shock" when the photo surfaced. I felt it was important to take accountability for the photo's presence on my page, but rather than providing clarity, I instead deepened pain and confusion. The investigation also included interviews with 15 current and former faculty, administration and staff.
"While we have identified no information that the photograph was placed on Governor Northam's personal page in error - or by any other means not at his direction - we could not conclusively determine the origin of that photograph". He says the yearbooks contained other content that could be offensive to minorities, women, and other ethnic groups. Northam denied this encounter happened, the report said. Homan became president of the school in 2013 as Northam was running for lieutenant governor.
Investigators said on Wednesday that they could not determine whether Virginia Gov.
Northam came under scrutiny when a conservative news outlet, Big League Politics, posted the racist image February 1. He then reversed course the next day, saying he was convinced he wasn't in the photo. "While it is unclear if they took any action to cover up the photo's existence, it certainly appears that there was an effort to avoid public disclosure of such a racist photograph on the yearbook page of the most prominent alumni in school history".
He said he did remember an incident that same year when he did paint his face black, rubbing shoe polish on his cheeks to impersonate Michael Jackson for a dance contest. Northam meanwhile still remains in office after fending off numerous calls to resign by national and state politicians from both parties.
Todd Gilbert, the Republican Majority leader of Virginia's House of Delegates, called the report "entirely inconclusive" and said he was concerned EVMS kept knowledge of the yearbook private. The report produced no substantive evidence to back up the Governor's assertion that he is not in the photo and that he did not select it for the page.