Gov. Ralph Northam Calls Slaves ‘Indentured Servants’ In Interview, Gets Corrected

11 February, 2019, 17:41 | Author: Carlos George
  • Second woman accuses Virginia Lieutenant Governor of sexual assault

The embattled lieutenant governor of Virginia released a statement on Saturday, denying recent allegations of sexual assault and rape as the state continues to find its top Democratic leaders embroiled in scandal.

"Virginia deserves a governor that knows the folks who were stolen from their land & brought to present day Virginia on cargo ships in 1619 were not "indentured servants" they were mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, leaders, warriors, elders who were captured & enslaved. A lot of individuals across Virginia have been hurt", Northam said in the 1813 Executive Mansion. "Exactly! WTF, Ralph?!? I thought you were "woke" now, having supposedly read "'The Case for Reparations, ' an article in the Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a few chapters of 'Roots, ' by Alex Haley.'" Guess not! Since then, the state's No. 3 official, Attorney General Mark Herring, also admitted to appearing in blackface while at the University of Virginia in 1980.

Northam said he supports an investigation, but stopped short of calling for Fairfax's resignation.

A Democratic state lawmaker, meanwhile, said on Twitter that he would not move immediately on his call over the weekend for impeachment proceedings against Virginia's lieutenant governor, who has been accused of sexually assaulting two women, charges he has denied. Northam, a pediatric neurologist, said Sunday that he considered resigning but that he's "not going anywhere" because the state "needs someone that can heal" it.

He called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI", to investigate the claims.

"My God, it just gets worse & worse".

Northam's pledge Sunday to work on healing Virginia's racial divide was his second in as many days.

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Northam once again avoid a direct answer, saying, instead, that he regrets that the "Attorney General is in this position but this is a decision that he's going to need to make". Fairfax has maintained the allegations against him are not true.

The resolution also would have directed the House Committee for Courts of Justice to hold hearings "to inquire into the allegations made against" Fairfax, and whether his alleged actions against the two women "constitute conduct sufficient to provide grounds for impeachment pursuant to Article IV, Section 17 of the Constitution of Virginia".

Many elected officials and presidential hopefuls have called for Fairfax to resign after two women went public with allegations of sexual assault this week. Blah blah blah. I swear, I listen to this guy and it feels like my IQ drops several points as brain cells are killed left and right.

Northam said the humbling week and the late-in-life conversations about race have made him determined to refocus his governorship, but it seemed plain that he is just beginning to think through what that might mean.

After staying out of sight since he faced the press on February 2 to deny he was pictured in the racist photo on his yearbook page, but admitting that he had worn blackface on another occasion, Northam, 59, returned to the public eye to attend the funeral of a slain state trooper. White residents were more evenly divided, the poll found.

Northam made the comments on CBS' "Face the Nation", saying it's been a hard week since a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook surfaced, showing a person wearing blackface next to a second person wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

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