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Tags: kay ivey | alabama | black face | racism | apology

Alabama Gov. Ivey Apologizes for Blackface Photo

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Ala. Gov. Kay Ivey (Vasha Hunt/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 29 August 2019 08:40 PM

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday apologized for appearing in a racist sketch in college where she wore blackface, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Ivey, a Republican, acknowledged her role in the skit after audio surfaced from an interview where Ivey's fiancée at the time, Ben LaRavia, discussed her wearing blackface.

Ivey, who graduated from Auburn University in the 1960s, did not deny the story.

Blackface, the use of makeup to represent a black person, is considered racist and offensive.

"I fully acknowledge – with genuine remorse – my participation in a skit like that back when I was a senior in college," Ivey said in a statement. "While some may attempt to excuse this as acceptable behavior for a college student during the mid-1960s, that is not who I am today, and it is not what my administration represents all these years later."

America is not new to scandals about blackface.

Virginia's Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam was condemned earlier this year after a racist photo on his yearbook page depicting someone in blackface and another person in a KKK robe was published.

Northam refused to resign despite calls for him to do so.

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday apologized for appearing in a racist sketch in college where she wore blackface, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.
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