Gayle King calls out Northam on blackface, slavery during interview

Gayle King calls out Northam on blackface, slavery during interview

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has vowed he is "not going anywhere" despite calls for him to resign after admitting he had worn blackface. A lawyer for Meredith Watson, 39, said in a statement that Fairfax raped Watson 19 years ago while they were students at Duke University.

Earlier this week, Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor of political science at Scripps College in Claremont, California, alleged Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

Mr Fairfax denied the allegations and said he was the victim of a smear campaign.

In a CBS interview to be broadcast on Monday, Governor Ralph Northam said he had learned from the controversy that erupted on February 1 when a racist photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook, and that as a former pediatrician he could help Virginians heal.

Northam said that while the state has made progress since the first slaves arrived at what is now Fort Monroe in 1619, work remains to address the racial inequities.

Calls for Fairfax to step aside have come from state House and Senate Democrats, the Legislative Black Caucus, former Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's two USA senators - Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, also both Democrats - and several potential Democratic presidential hopefuls. "It's very troubling. I'm happy that other Virginia leaders have called for [Fairfax] to step aside". Herring has also admitted to wearing blackface in college.

Gov. Ralph Northam tells @GayleKing: "I have thought about resigning, but I've also thought about what Virginia needs right now".

While addressing the controversy over the photo of people in blackface and a Ku Klux Klan robe on his medical school yearbook, Northam said, "Well, it has been a hard week, and you know if you look at Virginia's history, we're now at the 400-year anniversary".

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He has accused the USA of orchestrating a coup against his government and said he is open to dialogue with the opposition.

Sabato says if the lieutenant governor decides to resign, Governor Northam would appoint a substitute to the position. Northam has denied that he is in the photo.

"Fairfax can no longer fulfill his duties", the Democratic caucuses of both the state House and Senate said in a joint statement.

Watson also confided in a friend after seeing that Fairfax was running for office.

The statement said that the alleged previous rape had occurred during her sophomore year by an unnamed Duke men's basketball player, and that Watson had told Fairfax about it. It has been an especially devastating time for the great Commonwealth of Virginia.

There are ongoing inequities to access to things like education, health care, mortgages, capital, entrepreneurship.

It's been a pretty bad couple of weeks for Democrats in Virginia.

Trump tweeted on Sunday about "the double standard" in Virginia, where white officials who've admitted to wearing blackface now stand in judgment over the state's highest ranking African American. In a poll conducted late last week by The Washington Post and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, respondents were evenly divided as to whether Northam should resign.

Boyd, whose group says it represents 109,000 farmers across the country, said on Twitter that he urged the governor not to step down.