Horrifying blackface and lynching images from North Carolina Democrat Roy Cooper’s yearbook have emerged just days after he called on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to resign over racist images in his yearbook.
The pictures surfaced Wednesday showing what’s believed to be two members of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Chi Phi fraternity donning white robes, similar to those worn by the Ku Klux Klan, and depicting a lynching with a man donning blackface.
Aside from the shot where they use a lighting fixture as a noose, the two-page spread for the frat shows a woman kissing a man’s cheek and they too have their faces blacked up in the black-and-white pictures.
There is no suggestion that Cooper is in any of those photos but they feature in his 1979 yearbook.
Chapel Hill condemned the photos Wednesday with Vice Chancellor for Communications, Joel Curran, telling DailyMail.com in a statement: ‘The photos found in the 1979 student yearbook are abhorrent.’
Curran continued: ‘We fully and wholly condemn both the photos and the racist behavior they depict. That kind of behavior has no place on our campus now or then.’
It comes on the same day Virginia’s third-ranking official revealed he too wore blackface in the 1980s and a woman claimed she was forced to perform oral sex on the state’s Justin Fairfax, who many have said should replace Northam.
Around the offensive images, students can be seen drinking and dancing in celebration. There is also one class photo.
Cooper was a member of a different fraternity, Chi Psi, and while the 61-year-old from Nashville is indeed pictured in his yearbook edition, he does not feature on his frat page according to a list of students who don’t appear.
Some Twitter users pointed out that he was a ‘big difference’ between the behavior of the two fraternities.
One appeared to suggest the presence of some black students backed up idea that racist culture was not present in the frat.
Mr McFritters wrote: ‘Roy Cooper was a Chi Psi. Not a Chi Phi. We had a few African American members.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail