US blackface governor in slavery gaffe

The number three in Virginia's government, Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, is also in hot water after admitting to wearing blackface to a university party in 1980.

Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has defended calling slaves "indentured servants" in his first TV interview since a racism scandal broke. On Monday Mr Northam, who has admitted to wearing blackface, said a historian told him to refer to America's first black slaves as such.

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