Posted on September 4, 2019

Alabama Governor Says She Won’t Resign over Blackface Skit

Rachel Frazin, The Hill, September 4, 2019

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) said Tuesday that she will not resign over revelations that she appeared in blackface during a skit when she was in college, but reiterated her apology over the incident.

“Heavens no, I’m not going to resign. It’s something that happened 52 years ago and I’m not that person. My administration stands on being inclusive and helping people,” Ivey said in her first public appearance since her apology, The Associated Press reported.

Ivey, in a statement to The Hill last week, admitted to wearing blackface and overalls in a skit during a Baptist Student Union party. Her then-fiancée, Ben LaRavia, in a 1967 radio interview had recounted her appearance in the skit. Her office released the audio after it was found by Auburn University officials.

The Alabama NAACP reiterated its call Tuesday for Ivey to resign, noting actions she has taken as governor such as signing legislation that would protect Confederate monuments, according to the AP.


The organization also said the governor should consider policies like Medicaid expansion to “level the playing field in areas of education, and healthcare.”