In an interview clip from CBS This Morning released today, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam explicitly said he will not resign in spite of controversy and calls for him to do just that. He also went on to say, incredulously, that slaves were “indentured servants from Africa.”
There’s an astounding amount to unpack in that one. Let’s recap how we got here and then dig in.
Medical school yearbook photos of a man in blackface and a man in a Klu Klux Klan hood went viral earlier this month. What happened next is mildly incoherent. First, the Governor apologized for the photo. Then, he stepped backward and said he actually wasn’t in the photo. Then, he said he had done blackface. Why? For a Michael Jackson dance contest. (Yes, he really, really said that.)
Fast forward to now:
“Right now Virginia needs someone that can heal. There’s no better person to do that than a doctor,” Northam said in defense of his decision to ignore what the American people want.
“Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass. And that’s why I’m not going anywhere,” he continued.