In an interview that CBS This Morning announced on Monday, Northam also mentioned the subjugated Africans as "worshiped servants from Africa" before recognizing that such practices were slavery.
"A few things, starting with me, was a white privilege, and that is important, and it is very different from how a white man is treated in this country, like myself," he said in an interview.
"Didn't you know you were born into a white privilege?" The king asks, cutting the ruler.
"I knew I was a king, but I really didn't know what his powerful effects were. And again, talking to many friends who became completely clear to me this week, I also found out why black surface usage is so offensive, "he replied. "And yes, I knew it in the past, but the reality really became established."
When the king asked if he knew that the black band was offensive in the past, Northam said he thought "we are all in the learning curve."
"Of course, King King, I am not the same person at the age of 59 that I was back in the early 20s," he said.
"It's a week that was very eye-catching for me," added Northam.
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"Virginia also needs a strong person with empathy that has the courage and moral compass, and so I'm not going anywhere. I learned from this, I have a lot more to learn, but now we have a unique opportunity, ”he said.
In another part of the conversation, Northam refers to the subjugated Africans as "loyal servants from Africa", describing that the king responds by saying "also known as slavery."
"Yes," he says.
In a statement made by CNN on Monday, Northam responded to the criticism that he had used the term "express civil servants", saying: "In a recent event in Fort Monroe, I spoke about the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia and told them in my history that the counselor told me that perception use was historically more accurate – in fact I am still learning and committed to doing so. “