Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment edited the Virginia Military Institute yearbook in 1968 filled with racist photos and slurs, including blackface, reported The Virginian-Pilot.
The James City County Republican served as managing editor that year of The Bomb, after graduating from James Blair High School in Williamsburg.
A student poses in blackface in one photo, surrounded by other students in costumer, and another shows two students in blackface holding a football.
The N-word is used at least once, and racial slurs against Asians are also found published in the yearbook.
A caption under one photo indulges in a bigoted stereotype against Jewish people: “He was known as the ‘Barracks Jew’ having his fingers in the finances of the entire Corps.”
Norment, a state senator since 1992, declined to comment on the yearbook: “The only thing I’m talking about today is the budget. I’m here to pass a budget today.”
"A Virginia Military Institute yearbook overseen by future [Virginia] Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment in 1968 features a host of racist photos and slurs, including blackface." https://t.co/TSQEh4udus pic.twitter.com/Dr0jrRj1yR
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