'SNL' Mocks Completely Clueless Leaders In Virginia Blackface Scandal

Lawrence Kim
February 12, 2019

The sketch came amid an ongoing controversy in Virginia, where Gov. Ralph Northam has refused to step down after a 1984 medical school yearbook photo emerged showing one person in blackface and another dressed like a member of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

"Has anybody else worn blackface in college?" After both the state's Governor and Attorney General admitting to using blackface as part of their costumes, Virginia's chairman of the Ethics Committee portrayed by Kenan Thompson had to make it clear to all the state officials that blackface in any way shape or form is not okay.

"Does it count if we did in the '80s?" asked one.

"The legacy of slavery, racism and the Jim Crow era remains an albatross around the necks of African Americans", said a statement from the state assembly's powerful Black Caucus, which like the NAACP has urged Northam to stand down.

More scandals followed, as Democratic Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax was accused of sexual assault by two women. Spoiler: They did. And they had a disturbingly high number of questions about it. "Tell me now so we can get ahead of this", he said.

"I know that sometimes", Whitehead argued, "it's a case of 'I'm supposed to respond like this.' And 'this is what's expected of me'". And it was reported that Thomas Norment Jr., the Republican majority leader of the Virginia Senate, edited a 1968 college yearbook that featured racist slurs and photographs of students wearing blackface.

One by one, the representatives admitted to wearing blackface.

"He has been a very articulate champion of some of the issues", the 25-year-old black woman said, citing work fighting for Muslim migrants hit by Trump's travel ban.

Whitehead points in the governor's defense to initiatives like a dialogue about racial justice - announced before the blackface row.

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