Statement on the actions of Gov. Northam

CONTACT: Tess Bettler

Suhas Subramanyam has issued the following statement regarding the photograph of Gov. Northam:

“I am incredibly disappointed by today’s news out of Richmond. As I’m sure many of you have seen, Governor Northam’s yearbook photograph from medical school depicting him and another individual in black face and KKK garb has been circulating for the past several hours. Now that the governor has admitted that he was indeed in this photo, he must resign. Immediately.

Governor Northam was clearly involved in a reprehensible act of racism and bigotry that should wholeheartedly be condemned. While people make mistakes and should be forgiven, I believe that this situation goes beyond run-of-the-mill apologies. I no longer believe that Gov. Northam has the moral standing to serve Virginia, and I call on him to resign immediately. Let Virginia heal under new leadership.

As we continue to process and move forward, let us remember to hold each other to these same standards. We must reject hate in all its forms.”