Gov. Northam says he’s ‘learned a lot’ since blackface scandal

Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam outlined his plans to legalize marijuana and announced his intention to give teachers a raise Wednesday during an annual address to state lawmakers. (WSLS)

Gov. Ralph Northam says he’s learned a lot from his blackface scandal two years ago.

He says times were tough after the controversial decades-old photos were released.

Since then, he says the commonwealth has made several positive strides with race relations.

That was a difficult time for Virginia. I took accountability for what happened. I said I’m going to bring good from this. I listened to a lot of people,” said Northam “I learned a lot. We have turned a lot of what I’ve learned about into action, whether it be criminal justice reform, police reform, ending the death penalty.”

Northam has signed several bills promoting social and racial equity in Virginia.