Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has stepped down from his position as co-chair of the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) after admitting Wednesday he wore blackface during his college days, according to a report.
“Virginia AG Herring offered to step aside as co-chair and the committee accepted,” a DAGA spokeswoman said according to ABCPolitics reporter Johnny Verhovek Wednesday.
Herring admitted Wednesday morning to wearing blackface to a college party in 1980 just days after many called on Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign because of evidence he also has donned blackface.
“In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurt’s Blood, and perform a song. It sounds ridiculous even now writing it,” Herring’s statement reads. “But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes — and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others — we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup.”
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