Virginia AG Mark Herring says he wore blackface at college party
The man who’s second in line to become Virginia’s governor on Wednesday admitted that he too has worn blackface.
Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 when dressing up as a black rapper during a party when he was a student at the University of Virginia.
“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 Kurtis Blow, and perform a song. It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. 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,” Herring said.