"I'm not going anywhere": Ralph Northam strikes defiant pose to Gayle King


The Governor still contends that he is not in the photograph of one person in blackface and another in KKK robes but could not say how it wound up on his yearbook page, nor why he initially took responsibility for it, other than to say that he was "shocked" when he first saw it on an iPhone the afternoon of February 1.

"A historian advised me that the use of indentured was more historically accurate-the fact is, I'm still learning and committed to getting it right", Northam said. "And I also had a number of friends and classmates from medical school that called and said, 'Ralph that is not you" and that was comforting as well".

Near the beginning of the CBS interview excerpt in an exchange with King, Northam notes that this year is the 400th anniversary of the first "indentured servants from Africa" arriving in Virginia.

"Also known as slavery", she interrupted.

"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", he said in an interview with The Washington Post on Saturday.

On Sunday, while on a goodwill tour to prove that he had learned his lesson and now understood the struggle of black Americans, Northam referred to slavery as indentured servitude.

But he says historians have since confirmed through records that these first Africans in Virginia arrived as slaves and that most remained enslaved.

Slaves had no such hope of eventual freedom, and by definition never got anything in return for their services.

The political chaos surrounding the state's top two elected officials has extended to the second in line to succeed Northam, Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, who admitted that he had once darkened his face to imitate a black performer.

Democratic delegate Patrick Hope threatened to introduce articles of impeachment against Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who is now the subject of a second credible sexual-assault allegation.

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If a hearing did occur, attorneys for both of the women accusing Fairfax - Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson - say they would be willing to testify.

Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R, also acknowledged he was an editor of a 1968 yearbook that featured racial slurs and photos of students in blackface, but said he was not responsible for the content.

Northam disappeared from the public spotlight much last week, as national discussion over the state's various scandals grew.

Aside from Herring, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D-Va.) is also facing a scandal of his own.

Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is blaming his white privilege on recent accusations of racism. I will tell you that later that night I had a chance to step back, take a deep breath, look at the picture and said, "This is not me in the picture, ' " Northam told King.

Two women have accused Fairfax of sexual assault. "And so again I regret that our attorney general is in this position but this is a decision that he's going to need to make". I said that's not me either. "I didn't realize really the powerful implications of that". On Friday, the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association removed Fairfax from its leadership ranks, naming officials from DE and Washington state in his place.

President Donald Trump weighed in Sunday morning, tweeting "African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display in Virginia!"

Fairfax has denied both allegations and on Saturday asked that "no one rush to judgment". Calls for Northam's resignation raised the prospect of Fairfax taking over, which prompted his accusers to come forward. He made clear he is not immediately resigning and called for "space in this moment for due process".

All three are Democrats.

Prior to her call for new Democratic candidates for the upcoming elections in the state of Virginia to stand forward, Hillary Clinton also urged state Governor Ralph Northam to resign over his racist yearbook photo controversy - a move which led some to brand the former first lady a hypocrite.