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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam: White People Need To Take On “The Burden” Of Stopping Racism

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In an interview with NBC’s Geoff Bennett, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam spoke about the role white people must play in achieving racial justice and adds that the burden of educating people on racism “needs to shift from people of color to people who look like me.” The full interview will air Wednesday night on NBC Nightly News.

BENNETT: What role do you think white people have to play in pursuing racial justice? NORTHAM: I think white people need to listen, and I think they have recognized or are recognizing, the pain that exists because of the protests… I think they also realize that the burden of educating, of making people aware in this country of our 400 years of history. That burden needs to shift from people of color to people that look like me, and certainly, as a leader, as the Governor of Virginia, I have listened to a lot of people, I’ve learned a lot, the more I know, the more I can do. And so, as a leader, as an educator, I think this is a great opportunity.

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