Ralph Northam says 'I'm not going anywhere' despite calls to resign



"A lot of individuals across Virginia have been hurt", Northam said in the 1813 Executive Mansion.

Shortly thereafter Northam made a gaffe when he bragged about the state's 400 year history and King reminded him not to forget that part of that history included spreading slavery to the future United States.

Herring would become governor if both Northam and Fairfax resigned. And these accusations are very, very serious. Fairfax has asked the FBI to investigate the assault claims against him.

Northam's page in his medical school yearbook showed a person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan robes, but he says neither person was him.

One of the women, Vanessa Tyson, said in a statement earlier this week that at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Fairfax "put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch", and said that he "forced his penis into my mouth". Speaking as a pediatric neurologist, he said he could feel the anguish of Virginians.

In spite of calls from him to be 86'd from the political landscape, in his interview with King, which will air on CBS This Morning on Monday- Northam reiterates that he has no plans to resign.

"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", Northam told the Post. On Sunday he tweeted out: "African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display in Virginia!"

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"There are ongoing inequities to access to things like education, healthcare, mortgages, capital, entrepreneurship". "So, yes, I have thought about resigning, but I've also thought about what Virginia needs right now". It has really raised the level of awareness for racial issues in Virginia. "And so we're ready to learn from our mistakes", Northam added.

Twitter, however, wasn't impressed by Northam's progress so far. He said he has reflected on his own origins and tried to confront his lack of understanding. Northam initially said he was in the photo, then denied it the next day, while acknowledging that he did wear blackface to a dance party that same year. "I've been in some very hard situations, life-and-death situations, taking care of sick children", Northam said.

When asked if he had black friends growing up, Northam said he attended unsegregated schools since sixth grade.

Northam's controversial choice of words predictably triggered a new wave of calls for his resignation.

He told King that despite the calls for him to step down, "I'm not going anywhere".

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. "Starting with I was born in white privilege and that has implications to it".

But his first example of action was modest. "Post-Donald Trump, I think what elected officials are willing to do has changed in some ways". "They need to be taken seriously".

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