Despite publicly refusing to resign over the weekend, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam is still reportedly considering that option as he faces mounting pressure from his own party over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook. Northam is said to be feeling out support within his administration as he weighs his options, though a resignation seems increasingly likely.
What does this scandal mean? While it threatens to undo key Democratic gains in Virginia, observers say it also reveals how deeply ingrained racism remains — even among those who aim to serve minority communities.
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