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Andrea Mitchell Blasts Northam for His ‘Indentured Servants’ Comment

"Embattled Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, with a flatly incorrect version of how slavery started in America 400 years ago..."

By NTK Staff | 02.11.2019 @1:40pm

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell blasted embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) for calling people that came to Virginia from Africa in the early 1600s “indentured servants” rather than slaves during a recent interview on Monday.

While speaking to CBS News’ Gayle King for a piece that aired Sunday, Northam used the phrase “indentured servants from Africa.” He was quickly corrected by King, who called it slavery.

“Embattled Virginia governor, Ralph Northam, with a flatly incorrect version of how slavery started in America 400 years ago, as we commemorate Black History Month,” Mitchell said after playing a clip from Northam’s interview with CBS.

Northam claimed that during a recent event at Fort Monroe, Virginia, he spoke about the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia and referred to them as slaves. But a historian corrected him and said that calling them indentured would be more historically accurate.

“Well, that is not accurate, and I don’t know what historian he was talking to,” Mitchell said. “They were not indentured. They were slaves, brought here in 1619 to Jamestown, and they were the first slaves brought to America from Africa, [the] end.”

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