Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is planning a statewide “listening tour” about race — even as he ignores calls to step down over his blackface scandal, according to a new report.
The Democrat — who admitted to wearing blackface in college after a photo of a man in the racist makeup and another in KKK garb was found on his 1984 medical school yearbook page — is finalizing plans to traverse the state so he can hear about different communities’ experiences with race, Buzzfeed News reports.
But he won’t just be “listening.” The 59-year-old governor — who admitted in an interview this week that he has only just realized why blackface is “so offensive” — also wants to share what he he has learned from his own experiences, an adviser tells the news outlet.
Northam’s other potential plans to weather the storm include increasing funding to the state’s historically black colleges and universities and signing off on a bill to bring down Confederate statues, Buzzfeed reports.