Ralph Northam Corrected By CBS Journalist After Calling Slaves ‘Indentured Servants’

Ralph Northam Corrected By CBS Journalist After Calling Slaves ‘Indentured Servants’

A Washington Post/Schar School Poll found they were deadlocked as to whether Mr Northam should resign.

But it was also one of the most significant regions for the Atlantic slave trade, the main battleground of the mid-19th century Civil War that was fought over slavery, and later one of the states most resistant to the civil rights movement that brought an end to segregation.

'It has taken time for me to make sure that it's not me, but I am convinced, I am convinced that I am not in that picture, ' he told reporters at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, calling the picture offensive and horrific. "It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do".

Northam's reference to slaves as indentured servants sparked some outrage on social media.

On Friday, Patrick Hope, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, told CNN that he has begun the process of drafting articles of impeachment against Fairfax and is prepared to introduce them on Monday if the lieutenant governor does not resign before then. "SIGH", tweeted Democratic operative Symone Sanders. Beyer called that a "damning" number for a Democratic official in Virginia, despite 58 percent of the African-Americans surveyed saying Northam should stay in office.

The state is in chaos with controversies engulfing the state's top three elected officials. Then Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax faced allegations that he had sexually assaulted a woman years earlier, with a second women making similar claims on Friday; he has denied both claims. Fairfax has said encounters with his accusers in 2000 and 2004 were consensual and has asked the FBI to investigate.

Wise said she felt betrayed by Northam's revelations, particularly because he remained silent about his own past after the events of Charlottesville.

Most of Virginia's Democratic Congressional delegation and prominent national Democrats, including 2020 presidential candidates, called for the governor to resign after the racist photograph surfaced. We will also produce documentary evidence of Ms. Watson revealing to others the fact that Fairfax raped her. Fairfax says he "passed" two Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks.

"I can only imagine that it must take tremendous courage for women to step forward and and talk about these things that are just so hurtful". "To do so, would violate any principles I have of faith that says a person can not change", he told AFP. He has served Virginia well and he, and I, and Justin - all three of us - have fought for equality.

Fairfax, who is African-American, has said that encounters with both women were consensual. "There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity", he said. "A lot of individuals across Virginia have been hurt", Northam told the Post, the first interview he's given since news broke.

On Saturday night, the lieutenant governor signaled no intention to resign and defended himself against the claims. And majority did not know enough about Fairfax's response to the allegations to feel strongly about it.

Meanwhile, after ignoring calls for his own resignation, Northam is declining to weigh in on whether Fairfax or Herring should step down.

'I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an action like that'.

"We have to remember this yearbook photo was taken after the modern civil rights movement", Mr Smithers said.

Justin Fairfax is a 39-year-old Democrat who won election in November.

The governor acknowledged that he considered resigning amid the widespread backlash spurred by the photo of a person wearing blackface and a person wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit standing side by side that appeared on his page in the 1984 yearbook for Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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