Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he has learned why blackface is offensive, after he admitted to darkening his face decades ago as part of a Michael Jackson costume.
The Virginia Democrat spoke with CBS News about a racism scandal that's engulfing his nascent administration, and said he had learned much about white privilege and race since the scandal erupted.
“Well, several things, starting with I was born in white privilege and that has implications to it," Northam told CBS News host Gayle King. "It is much different the way a white person such as myself is treated in this country versus --”
King interrupted to ask whether Northam had realized before the scandal that he had been born into white privilege.
“I knew I was, Miss King," Northam said, "but I didn’t realize really the powerful implications of that, and again talking to a lot of friends that has come crystal clear to me this week. I have also learned why the use of blackface is so offensive and, yes, I knew it in the past.”
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