RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping small and disadvantaged farmers, met with Governor Ralph Northam on Friday.
John W. Boyd Jr., who founded the association in 1995, spoke with Gov. Northam amid the blackface scandal surrounding the governor.
Last week, Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page was released, showing a person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan robes.
Northam apologized for the photo last Friday but then denied he was in the photo the following day in a press conference. During the press conference, Northam admitted to wearing blackface for a contest where he portrayed Michael Jackson.
After the meeting, both of the men thanked each other on Twitter.
8News spoke with Boyd on Friday about his meeting with the governor.
“There are modern day racists right now. I don’t believe he is a modern day racist,” Boyd said of Northam. “I believe he made a mistake, and he got caught and he asked for forgiveness.”
“Whether he was in the photo or not, I don’t know,” Boyd continued. “He told me he wasn’t, and I take him at his word.”