UPDATED 1:06 PM PT – Monday, February 11, 2019
Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is blaming his white privilege on recent accusations of racism. During an interview on Sunday, he said white people are treated differently in this country than other racial groups.
Northam claimed he has changed a lot as a person since his college days.
“I don’t think that there’s any question that there are today and there were then, when I was in my early 20s, racial in sensitivities,” he stated. “I think there are still unconscious attitudes that, yes we are aware of these things, but we don’t realize sometime especially as a white person how impactful, how offensive they are and, again, I’ve still got a lot to learn, but this has been a week that has been very eye opening for me
His comments come as he continues to resist calls to step down over a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page, which showed one man dressed in blackface and another man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Northam has denied his appearance in the photo.