Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam referred to slaves as “indentured servants” in his first televised interview since he began facing calls to resign over a blackface scandal.
“We are now at the 400-year anniversary — just 90 miles from here in 1619. The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while—,” Northam said, before “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King cut him off.
“Also known as slavery,” King said.
“Yes,” Northam responded.
The Virginia Democrat has rejected calls to resign over a photo on his medical school yearbook page that shows one person in blackface standing next to another in a Ku Klux Klan robe.
Northam initially apologized for the photo, but later said he does not remember being in the photo.
The governor said Sunday that he is “not going anywhere.”
“Words like ‘Indentured servant’ is how people try to erase the pain and horrors of slavery. It is how they think it harmless to wear blackface,” wrote author Julissa Arce in response to his Sunday interview. “[Ralph Northam] is done. If he won’t resign, he needs to be forced out.”
Hey @GovernorVA @RalphNortham,
Before you embarrass yourself with another ignorant response to a softball, open-ended question, do some homework.
Or better: Study after resigning. You’ll have lots of time. https://t.co/Nk63ub7xje
— Mike Carter-Conneen (@MikeCConTV) February 10, 2019
Words like “Indentured servant” is how people try to erase the pain and horrors of slavery. It is how they think it harmless to wear blackface. @RalphNortham is done. If he won’t resign, he needs to be forced out. https://t.co/2MfDIFtdX6
— Julissa Arce (@julissaarce) February 10, 2019
My God, it just gets worse & worse.😑
Asked about this week in VA, Northam responds by referring to kidnapped, enslaved, & trafficked Africans as “indentured servants.”🤦🏽♂️
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) February 10, 2019