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Ralph Northam Flees From WRVA Show And Runs To MSNBC To Lecture On Race

Jeff Katz
June 18, 2020 - 12:19 pm

While Ralph Northam has refused to come back to WRVA for "Ask the Governor" after his blackface scandal, he has been eager to hop on with the "real" reporters of the mainstream media and lecture you on racism.

On Wednesday morning during the 11 a.m. hour, MSNBC turned to Governor Blackface himself to educate everyone on race relations following his announcement last week of the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue.

Anchor Craig Melvin began by saying, "Meanwhile, in Virginia, the governor there, Ralph Northam, just announced a new push to make June 19th, Juneteenth, a paid state holiday ... For the governor of Virginia, it's also part of a larger racial justice agenda he's pursuing after his own troubled past on race was thrust into the spotlight."

Correspondent Geoff Bennett introduced his interview with Wreck-It Ralph by saying, "So one of the things that Governor Northam told me in our exclusive, wide ranging sit-down earlier today was that he views these Confederate statues as symbols of divisiveness. He says that they were intentionally erected as symbols of white supremacy, and that he says he intends to use as much intention aimed at removing them."

Bennett continued by pointing to the scandal that still surrounds Northam, despite what he may say: "That is a fairly remarkable statement for any Southern governor to make, especially one who just a year and a half ago withstood immense pressure to step down after that racist photo on his med school yearbook page emerged, showing one man dressed in black face, another in a Ku Klux Klan robe."

He followed up by saying that Northam "still contends he's not one of the two people in the photo" and that "when he withstood that pressure to resign, he said he would focus the rest of his term on pursuing a racial justice agenda."

Bennett then played a clip of him asking Northam what role white people play in "racial justice." This was Northam's response:

I think white people need to listen. I think they have recognized or are recognizing the pain that exists because of the protests. I think they also realized the burden of educating, of making people aware in this country of our 400 years of history. That burden needs to shift from people of color to people that look like me. Certainly as a leader, as the governor of Virginia, I have listened to a lot of people. I've learned a lot. The more I know, the more I can do. As a leader, as an educator, I think this is a great opportunity.