Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam: “We are now at the 400-year anniversary — just 90 miles from here in 1619. The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while—”@GayleKing: “Also known as slavery” pic.twitter.com/AiX96MU1rJ
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 10, 2019
Courtesy of The Hill:
“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King corrected Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) after he referred to slaves as “indentured servants.”
The comment came in Northam’s first televised interview since he began facing calls to resign over a blackface scandal, in which he urged healing.
“We are now at the 400-year anniversary — just 90 miles from here in 1619. The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while—,” Northam said, before King cut him off.
“Also known as slavery,” King said.
“Yes,” Northam responded.
What the shit?
Look I was willing to give Northam some benefit of the doubt, but this is absolutely a dog whistle for white supremacists.
That is the group to constantly tries to minimize the black slave experience and suggest that they came here to find work and that they are better off for having done so.
But that is definitely not the case.
Indentured servants were men and women who signed a contract (also known as an indenture or a covenant) by which they agreed to work for a certain number of years in exchange for transportation to Virginia and, once they arrived, food, clothing, and shelter. Adults usually served for four to seven years and children sometimes for much longer.
Does that sound like the experience that black slaves had in this country to anybody?
They did not sign a contract, and they did not have a term in which they were expected to work unless that term was from the time they were purchased at a slave auction until they dropped dead in the fields.
Not only that but if their master died they could be inherited by another family member just like a piece of furniture of livestock.
And if they had any children those children were also considered property and could be sold to other white men as well.
After this bullshit statement, I am now pretty convinced that Northam was definitely not the guy in the black face but instead the guy in the KKK robes.