Black Caucus processing new blackface revelation

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The letter was written on behalf of the group, made up of 23 lawmakers in the General Assembly, by caucus chairman Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Henrico), who addressed “grave concerns” over the reopening plan.

The chairman of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus says its members need time to process the revelation that another top state Democrat put on blackface years ago.

Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement Wednesday saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia.

Del. Lamont Bagby is chairman of the caucus. He says the caucus “needs time” and has a “lot to digest.”

Democratic state Del. Delores McQuinn didn’t answer directly when asked if Herring should resign. The African-American lawmaker said legislators “are going to govern — that’s what our constituents want us to do.”

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