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June 16, 2019

Virginia State Sen. Tommy Norment was editor of college yearbook that featured racist photos and slurs

February 7, 2019
State Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City County, looks over rules at the start of the 2012 session of the Virginia Senate at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. on Jan. 11, 2012. (Steve Helber / AP)

Virginia Sen. Tommy Norment was an editor for a military college yearbook that published a slew of slurs and racist photos, including blackface, during his time there, according to a report.


Norment, who is the Republican majority leader of the state Senate, was the managing editor for the Virginia Military Institute yearbook in 1968, The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday. A photo on one page shows a man wearing blackface while surrounded by three other men dressed in costumes.

The yearbook also used the n-word at least once and referred to a student who was from Thailand as a “chink” and “jap,” the outlet reported.

News of Norment’s controversy comes just a day after Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring admitted he wore blackface. Herring’s announcement came just a week after current Governor Ralph Northam refused to resign following his own scandal.

A photo from Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page was released last week showing two men — one in blackface and the other wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood.

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