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Gayle King Corrects Gov. Northam About ‘Indentured Servants’: ‘Also Known as Slavery’

In her interview over the weekend with Ralph Northam, CBS’ Gayle King pushed back on the Virginia governor when he used the term “indentured servants” as a euphemism for slavery.

Northam told King he has no intention of resigning from his job despite the ongoing controversy of his KKK and blackface yearbook photo. As Northam defended himself by saying he could still lead the state through the healing process, he started to talk about Virginia’s history with race.

“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…,” Northam said.

“Also known as slavery,” King interjected.

“Yes,” Northam agreed.

Typically, indentured servitude is thought of as a system in which someone enters into a voluntary labor agreement to pay off a debt to somebody else, and their freedom is restored once the contract is fulfilled. Indentured servants frequently experienced brutal conditions throughout history, but there are still major connotative differences from slavery, not the least reason being slaves are considered the permanent legal property of their owner.

Watch above, via CBS.

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