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UPDATED 1:06 PM PT – Monday, February 11, 2019

Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is blaming his white privilege on recent accusations of racism. During an interview on Sunday, he said white people are treated differently in this country than other racial groups.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam talks during an interview at the Governor’s Mansion, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 in Richmond, Va. The embattled governor says he wants to spend the remaining three years of his term pursuing racial “equity.” Northam told The Washington Post that there is a higher reason for the “horrific” reckoning over a racist photograph that appeared in his medical school yearbook. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via AP)

Northam claimed he has changed a lot as a person since his college days.

“I don’t think that there’s any question that there are today and there were then, when I was in my early 20s, racial in sensitivities,” he stated. “I think there are still unconscious attitudes that, yes we are aware of these things, but we don’t realize sometime especially as a white person how impactful, how offensive they are and, again, I’ve still got a lot to learn, but this has been a week that has been very eye opening for me

His comments come as he continues to resist calls to step down over a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page, which showed one man dressed in blackface and another man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Northam has denied his appearance in the photo.

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