Virginia Governor Bumbles Through His Blackface Apology Tour | The Daily Show

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Virginia it's a state that used to be known for things like slavery plantations and being the capital of the Confederacy but now that proud history is being tainted by accusations of racism over the past week a series of blackface scandals have plagued senior officials in Virginia and in the face of calls for him to step down Governor Northam set this weekend with an actual black person to make his case did you ever think about resigning when the drum beat became so loud and by the way they're still beaten for you to step down yes I have thought about resigning but but I've also thought about what Virginia needs right now and I really think that I'm in a position where where I can take Virginia to the next level in it it will be very positive what a balla way to keep your job I mean this is like that's how you stay in office but isn't there really no other job where you could pull that move right can you imagine working at Wendy's they trying to fire you and you're like yes I was taking money from the cash register but I think what Wendy's needs right now is for me to stay on the job and help us all heal from this epidemic of workplace theft but nobody else is stealing you see it's working already we're all healing that's why I got to stay well okay fine Northam says he should keep his job because he's learned his lesson the question is what exactly has he learned governor Ralph Northam now says his blackface scandal serves a higher purpose he says he's learned from it and that he wants to spend the rest of his time in office focused on racial issues advisors have assigned him to read roots and the case for reparations the Atlantic article by Tallahassee Coates and that he's doing this whole sort of reinvention of himself I was born in white privilege and that has implications to it and it is much different the way a white person such as myself is treated in this country someone's been studying hard at woke night school he's reading roots he's talking about white privilege I feel like a week from now Ralph Northam is gonna show up in a dashiki just being like the blood of the white devil must run through the streets I now have the strength of the Black Panthers now look you shouldn't have to read routes to know that black face is wrong right you can just watch the miniseries it's way easier but still credit to Northam for trying to learn and improve although now ironically he's learned so much about black history that it's getting him into even more trouble if you look at Virginia's history we're now at the 400 year anniversary just 90 miles from here in 1619 the first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores and Old Point Comfort what we call now Fort Monroe and Wow also known as slavery yeah Oh ah poor Northam man seems like no matter what he says he just makes it worse because almost everyone who saw that clip had the same reaction as Gayle you're like indentured servants some nice way to say slavery like what do you call black face extreme tanning huh what do you call aids permanent flu huh what do you call it tsunami Aquaman in 3d what is it but now to be fair to Northam some historians do say the first Africans to arrive in Virginia were actually indentured servants not slaves in fact America had black and white indentured servants before slavery became an all black thing yeah it was basically like the NBA it used to be mixed and then they were like actually black people are way better at this we don't need the white people anymore go play racquetball or something I'm like I'm not gonna lie one of the things that makes Northam so entertaining is that he's like the Michael Scott's of politics right every time every time he tries to get out of a hole he just keeps digging himself deeper at a press conference nine days ago he raised more questions admitting to wearing shoe polish too dark in his face impersonating Michael Jackson for a dance competition that's right are you still able to moonwalk my wife says in appropriate circumstances for many of us watching it looked like you were about to actually demonstrate the moonwalk were you thinking about showing off your moonwalking skills no because I don't have those at age 59 the correct answer is no I was not going to moonwalk because I was in the middle of a blackface apology not know because I'm out of practice that's the wrong no it's like if your spouse asked you are you trying to poison me for the insurance money you're like what no poison would look too much like suicide and they don't pay for that it's wrong no so look the apology tour isn't going perfectly but I will say this at least it's an apology tour the question is now how do people in his states feel about him because that's all that really matters and you'll be surprised to find out that the numbers are not as black and white as you think a new poll by The Washington Post and George Mason University in Virginia found that Virginians are split on whether governor Northam should step down but 58% of african-american Virginians surveyed said you should not resign I think they need to get up in them do his job that's right in Virginia a lot more black people than white people believe governor Northam should keep his job huh which seems crazy but it actually makes sense makes total sense because think about it – black people especially in Virginia every white guy serving in office has probably done some racist in their past so you might as well have a white guy who has already been caught and feels bad about it yeah because you know that guys never messing up again and now he has a racism debt that he has to pay off and let me tell you white guilt can be very useful my friends black people in Virginia can ask governor northen for anything now better schools criminal justice reform a holiday for Beyonce's birthday a black person in Virginia could ask Northam to pick him up from the airport and he'd be like I'll be there in 15 minutes so I don't think this is crazy if I were if I were a black person in Virginia I would also want to keep Northam around because until his term is over he's gonna be working everyday to pay black people back for what he's done and I know what you're thinking you're like what are you saying Trevor he's their slave no no no not slaves indentured servants you


Sergio Varela · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

I just can't be mad at him. He's so cute

veritasreigns · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Geordi LaForge was Kunta Kinte! My mind was so blown.

Joel Smith · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Well I want to see his moonwalk before I form a complete opinion about this guy..

John sweeney · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

I’m white and I never knew black fave was bad but I never saw blackface til drake wore it

Personal Channel · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

He was correct about the indentured servants. It got turned into slavery but it didn't start off like that.

Hamer51 · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

4:27can you rly blame him the shit happened in like the 80s and if it weren’t for the tension in the room it would have been the most hilariously perfect time for a politician to do the moon walk

Andy Holguin · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

He dressed up as a black person who the fuck cares. Now if he dressed up as the kkk member, that’s pretty fucked up.

gunnardt · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

You got some ridicoulus issues over there. Just chill a bit, dont take everything so seriously. We all are aware of slavery and in the end it does not matter if you dress up in a way that could offend others, what matter is what you actually think. Someone who despises people of color most certainly will not dress up as one.

Felicia T · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

We all know his reaction would’ve been different if the dude was Republican lol

Yaw Yeboah-Kankam · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

“AquaMan In 3D” 😂😂😂😂

Owen Thompson · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

on that fact

Owen Thompson · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

so i am glad he defended him

Owen Thompson · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

I am totally against this guy doing blackface and all, but the beginning of slavery was indentured servitude that quickly escalated into slavery

Bamboo Blue · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

You don't just read a couple of books and articles and "get over" racism, privilege, and a skewed version of history. Sigh…

MsSandra2 · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

The fact that he is not fired is white privilege

statesk8r · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

So funny reading all these comments like "oh it was just a mistake he's a good guy" but if this was a republican it would be "BURN HIM AT THE STAKE"

Justin Scalise · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

For the love of man, pay Jon Stewart whatever he wants and get this douche outta here.

Bridgette Shriver · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

When I was in elementary school we had a "wax" museum project where we were assigned a prominent historical figure. I got Sojourner Truth, for reference I am clearly white. I wore a white period-style dress and my aunt was a Mary Kay consultant at the time and had dark brown foundation. I put it on my face and hands for my monologue/presentation. I am asking, in all seriousness, if this is offensive. Feel Free to comment.

Ngala Hansel · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Wow that dashiki is from the Grassfields of Cameroon,West Africa where I come from! Wow loved the sight of it.

Ngala Hansel · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

The way Trevor does that white accent lol

Hayley Priester · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Am I the only one wondering why all Virginians were categorized as either “white” or “African American”? Diverse place huh?

Kristina Peffer · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

This made me realise… what if Trump's orange is a desperate attempt at blackface?

1mezion · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

indentured servants bwahahahahaha is he talking about slaves?
He needs to keep his wife closer to him like all the time come to think of it maybe she should be his spokesperson

Mia Duke · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Trevor is really one of THE FUNNIEST and "woke" comedians out there! 100

Linda Rivera · May 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm


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