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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey apologized on Thursday for her role in ” racially insensitive skit with blackface, that your sister put shaft, when she was a student at Auburn University in the 1960s.
Ivey said in a statement on Thursday that while she has no memory of the Sketch, or wear blackface, “genuine remorse” about their participation.
Although her fiancé at the time, Ben LaRavia, “is remind the Band, the Satire, and I still don’t remember ever dressing up in overalls or in blackface – I don’t want to deny what is obvious, said,” Ivey. “As such, I fully confirm – with real regret – my participation in a Sketch, like the time I was a senior in high school.”
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She continued: “While some try to excuse this as acceptable behavior for a college student in the mid-1960s, this is not who I am today, and it is not what represents me, all these years later. I offer my sincere apology for the pain and embarrassment that is causing this, and I’ll do what I can – to go forward – to help show the nation that the Alabama of today is a far cry from the Alabama of the 1960s.”
The excuse of Ivey, a Republican, comes after photos, an Alpha Gamma Delta pledge class created at the beginning of this year at the Auburn – she was President – wearing blackface. While none of the photos Ivey itself, audio from a radio presented and carried out interview, during the sorority event with LaRavia description of the future Governor, as in blue Overalls and with “had some of the black paint all over her face,” according to local media.
“We were acting out this skit called” Cigar Butts,'” LaRavia said in the interview, published by the office of the Governor. “I couldn’t go into a lengthy explanation, but to say the least, I don’t think this Sketch, it does not require a lot of talent, so far, as a verbal-talent. But a lot of physical require action, such as crawling on the floor looking for cigar butts, and things like this.”
Ivey apology comes more than six months after the first reports of her wearing blackface in her sorority’s skit appeared in a report condemned by The Auburn Plainsman, and your testimony on Thursday was quick, Democratic state legislators, with some urging to withdraw.
“I don’ T care if it was 52 years ago or yesterday,” state Rep. Juandalynn Givan said. “She is the Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama, Which is still considered to be one of the most racist States in the USA, what it was then. It is who she is now.”
Givan added: “I don’t accept your apology. You should have stood before the people in the state of Alabama itself. … You should resign. I don’t think she should have been chosen, and I think she is a racist.”
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Ivey’s apology comes months after another Governor from another Southern state, was accused of having worn blackface.
Virginia democratic Gov. Ralph Northam calls at the beginning of this year, from both sides of the political divide, to step down after a photo emerged from his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School Yearbook with a man in blackface and a second person, dressed in Ku-Klux-Klan-robe.
Northam first apologized for the photo, but then said he was one of the men in the photo. Northam has to admit that he’d worn blackface, at this time, though, said he’d once used Shoe Polish to darken his face as part of a Michael Jackson costume for a 1984 dance contest in San Antonio, Texas.