Resurfaced Herschel Walker Video Reveals How Opinion on Racism Has Changed

A video of Herschel Walker describing racism as "the hardest thing...I had to overcome in life" has resurfaced ahead of next month's Senate runoff election in Georgia.

Walker, a former NFL star turned GOP Senate candidate, is hoping to unseat Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock on December 6.

Ahead of this month's midterm elections, Walker played down charges of systematic racism in America as part of his attacks on "woke" culture, at one point saying, "You're not a racist unless you're 185 years old in today's world."

However, he had a very different view as a younger man, according to the video posted on Twitter by Patriot Takes, an account with 448,000 followers that is dedicated to "exposing right-wing extremism and other threats to democracy."

In the clip, Walker is asked, "What's the biggest challenge you've had to overcome?"

He replied, "The hardest thing I think I had to overcome in life—I think racism."

He went on: "I think that's so difficult because I don't think anyone can ever understand it. It's not the point that people don't want to understand it, but they don't want to touch it. So, like, that's a subject we can't touch, let's get away from it. But you know it's there, and as long as it's there you've got to cope with it."

Newsweek has not been able to verify when the interview was filmed, although it clearly shows a much younger Walker.

Herschel Walker addressing supporters on November 16
GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks to supporters at a campaign rally on November 16, in McDonough, Georgia. Walker once described racism as "the hardest thing...I had to overcome in life," according to a resurfaced video that shows the former NFL player as a younger man. Brandon Bell/GETTY

Initially, Patriot Takes said the video was recorded in 1981, but this was later deleted. A Twitter user had commented: "You can tell right away that's not from 1981."

In 1981, Walker was playing college football at the University of Georgia. He joined the NFL as part of the 1985 draft.

Speaking at a Young Harris, Georgia, car museum in October, Walker made the remark about racism and people aged 185.

"You have to be 185 years old because you've got to learn that from your parents because maybe they don't know any better, and that's OK," he said. "You're not a racist today because they have television, they have the internet, they have something else to show you that we're all the same. So you're not a racist. You're just stupid."

Former President Barack Obama is set to campaign for Warnock on December 1, just days before Georgia voters head to the polls for a second time.

On the GOP side, Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan has urged Donald Trump not to campaign in the state for Walker, arguing it would damage his campaign.

The Republican advised Walker to "dial Mar-a-Lago and ask Trump to stay home," according to CNN.

Earlier this month, another video of Walker drew much attention. During a campaign speech in McDonough, Georgia, he talked about vampires and how he "wanted to be a werewolf" because "a werewolf can kill a vampire." The Senate candidate, who made the comments while discussing the horror film Fright Night, also said that "vampires are cool people."

The video went viral on Twitter, receiving over 1.8 million views, and was mocked on social media.

Newsweek has reached out to Walker for comment.