Virginia Governor Ralph Northam meets with reporters at a press conference in the governor's mansion on February 2, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia.
Frustrated Virginia Gov Ralph Northam said that since he was involved in controversies about his use of Blackface decades ago, he has learned that he was "born in white privilege" and "why the use of Blackface is so offensive."
In an interview that Monday on & # 39; CBS This Morning & # 39; was broadcast, Northam also referred to slave-made Africans as "enslaved servants from Africa & # 39; before they acknowledged that such a practice was slavery.
In Northam's first TV interview since the controversy erupted 10 days ago, Gayle King of CBS asks him what he has learned since discussing the consequences of the revelation that his 1984 medical school book page contained a racist photograph and his own confession that he was once dressed in Blackface on another occasion.
"Well, different things, starting with that I was born in the white privilege and that has implications for it and it's much different than a white person like myself being treated in this country …" he said in the interview.
"Did not you know that you were born in the white privilege?" Asks king, cutting off the governor.
"I knew it was me, Mrs. King, but I did not really realize its powerful implications, and again, talking to a lot of friends, that has become cryptic to me this week, I've also learned why using blackface so much is offensive, "he replied. "And yes, I knew it in the past, but the reality really started."
When King asked him whether or not he knew Blackface was offensive in the past, Northam said he thinks, "We all have a learning curve."
"Certainly, Mrs. King, I am no longer the same person on my 59th that I was back in my early twenties," he said.
"This is a week that has been very frank to me," added Northam.
The photo on the Northam page of the yearbook of the medical school shows two people – one with blackface and the other in a KKK cloak and hood. After initially saying that he was in the picture, he later changed his position, but he said that he once appeared in Blackface at a dance contest in San Antonio in the early 1980s.
In clips from the interview aired on Sunday, Northam told the king he was not going to resign despite calls for his resignation from both inside and outside of Virginia.
"Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy who has courage and a moral compass, and that's why I do not go anywhere, I've learned this, I have a lot more to learn, but we're in a unique opportunity now , "he said.
In another part of the interview, Northam refers to enslaved Africans as "enslaved servants from Africa", a characterization that King responds to by saying "also known as slavery."
"Yes," he replies.
In a statement to CNN Monday, Northam responded to criticism of his use of the term "contract workers" by saying, "During a recent incident at Fort Monroe I talked about the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia and referred to them in my comments as a slave. A historian advised me that the use of indentured was historically more accurate – it is a fact that I am still learning and dedicating myself to doing well. & # 39;