Virginia: Gov. Northam Refuses to Step Down Amid Racism Crisis

HeadlineFeb 11, 2019

In Virginia, Democratic Governor Ralph Northam continues to resist mounting calls from within his own party to step down after claims he posed for a racist photo seen in his 1984 medical school yearbook page depicting a man wearing blackface next to a man wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Northam has denied that he is in the photo, but he did admit to wearing blackface on another occasion that same year. In an interview with ”CBS This Morning,” Northam said he thought about resigning but that he believes he can help Virginia “heal.” Host Gayle King had to correct Northam when he referred to slaves brought to Virginia in the 17th century as “indentured servants.”

Gov. Ralph Northam: “In 1619, the first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe. And while—

Gayle King: “Also known as slavery.”

Gov. Ralph Northam: “Yes.”

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