Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Virginia's governor calls slaves 'indentured servants'

Virginia's governor calls slaves 'indentured servants'

In an interview broadcast Monday, Northam provided a more complete explanation of his statements that set off this whole crisis following the discovery of a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook. "We learn from our mistakes and I'm a stronger person", Northam said.

But wait, Northam isn't done prattling on: "Virginia needs someone that can heal".

"And the main point that this person told me is that at the end of the day, the white person - just as I was the white person that dressed up as an African-American dancer - at the end of the day we can take that makeup off and go back to being white", but a black person continues to live in that skin and all that it represents.

The controversy began when a conservative website earlier this month publicized Northam's page in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook where a photo of two people - one in blackface and the other in a KKK uniform - holding beers are included with photos of Northam.

Mr Northam was asked why he initially apologised for the photo before backtracking and denying he was either in the picture.

"African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display in Virginia!"

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax finds himself in the eye of a scandal, as two women have now accused the Biglaw attorney turned politician of sexual assault. The lieutenant governor issued a statement Saturday again denying he ever sexually assaulted anyone and making clear he does not intend to immediately step down.

Aside from Herring, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D-Va.) is also facing a scandal of his own. A housecleaning could be costly: If all three Democrats resign, Republican state House Speaker Kirk Cox would become Virginia's governor.

"It must take tremendous courage for women to step forward and talk about being the victim of sexual assault", Northam said. Shortly thereafter Northam made a gaffe when he bragged about the state's 400 year history and King reminded him not to forget that part of that history included spreading slavery to the future United States.

Approximately 47 percent of Virginians believe Northam should step down, according to a new poll conducted by The Washington Post-Schar School. "They have doubled-down on a double blackface scandal and a double sexual assault allegation scandal". "And I think he's lost the confidence of the people in order to be able to do that", said Wexton, one of three Democrats who flipped GOP-held House seats in Virginia in November.

Fairfax says the encounter was consensual. About two-thirds of those polled said they did not know enough about the first woman's accusation against Fairfax to make a judgment on his denial that he assaulted her, but were not asked about the second woman's allegations, which were made while the survey was underway.

But Hope remained steadfast in his calls for Fairfax to resign following the allegations raised on Friday by a second woman who claims Fairfax sexually assaulted her. Hope said he was "absolutely horrified" by the accusations and said he believes "both of these courageous women". Fairfax has vehemently denied the claims and called for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate.

If Fairfax were to leave, it's unclear who could replace him.

During the same press conference, Northam admitted to darkening his face for a costume.

Northam said the same thing about Herring, leaving it up to the state's top legal official whether to quit. He's a Republican, which is giving the Democratic officerholders another reason to try to keep their positions.

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