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Investigation Fails to Determine If Gov. Ralph Northam Wore Blackface or KKK Robe in Racist Yearbook Photo

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A four-month independent investigation into a racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page was unable to determine if the governor was in the image, the Eastern Virginia Medical School announced Wednesday.

Investigators spoke to former classmates and yearbook staff, none of whom remembered Northam, a Democrat, as someone in the photograph, according to the Washington Post.

The 36-page report made note of the time that had passed—the yearbook was from 1984—as a limitation to the investigation. “We acknowledge there is scant information on this subject thirty-five years after the fact. Memories fade over such a lengthy time period and we were unable to contact some individuals who may have relevant knowledge.”

The photo, in which one student wore blackface and another a KKK robe at what appeared to be a costume party, surfaced in........

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