Virginia Sen. Tommy Norment was an editor for VMI yearbook filled with racist photos and slurs

Virginian-Pilot | 2/7/2019 | Staff
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A Virginia Military Institute yearbook overseen by future state Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment in 1968 features a host of racist photos and slurs, including blackface.

The revelation about one of Virginia's most powerful Republicans comes as the state’s Democratic governor and attorney general are facing calls to resign over their own admissions they wore blackface as young men.

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Norment, R-James City County, was managing editor of The Bomb publication that year. He went to VMI in Lexington after graduating from James Blair High School in Williamsburg and has been a state senator since 1992.


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Virginia Senator Thomas K. Norment Jr. photographed during a Senate Committee for Courts of Justice hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

On one page of the yearbook, a student poses in blackface, surrounded by others in costumes at a party. Another page features a photo of two men in blackface holding a football.

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The N-word is used at least once. A student listed as being from Bangkok, Thailand, is referred to as a “****” and “Jap.”

A blurb under one man’s picture says: "He was known as the 'Barracks Jew’ having his fingers in the finances of the entire Corps."

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The Bomb has been published continuously since 1897. The first black students were allowed to enroll at the institute in the fall of 1968.

When a reporter asked Norment to talk about the yearbook Thursday, the majority leader said, “The only thing I’m talking about today is the budget.”

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“I’m here to pass a budget today,” he added when pressed as he headed into a Republican Caucus meeting in late morning.

Virginia’s lawmakers are already reeling after a series of disclosures about the state’s top three Democratic officials. Many have called for Gov. Ralph Northam to resign after a page from his 1984 medical school yearbook surfaced showing a photo of a man in...
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