The News broke on Thursday that Virginia Sen. Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R) was an editor for the VMI yearbook that was filled with racist photos and slurs.
According to The Pilot, the N-word was used at least once and a student listed as being from Bangkok, Thailand, is referred to as a “Chink” and “Jap.”
Norment deflected blame for the content in a press release:
“The use of blackface is abhorrent in our society and I emphatically condemn it. As one of seven working on a 359-page yearbook, I cannot endorse or associate myself with every photo, entry, or word on each page.”
Herb Jones is the Democratic challenger that is running against Norment in November. He released the following statement Thursday afternoon:
“Tommy Norment needs to repent for his role in publishing outrageous and shameful images of racist photos and slurs in the 1968 VMI yearbook,” Jones said. “I find these images disturbing because my maternal grandfather was lynched in the deep Jim Crow south in the late 1930s. Politicians need to understand that these images trigger hurtful and painful feelings for women, children and grandchildren who suffered greatly during and after Jim Crow.”
The story is still developing. We will keep you updated.