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But he said he did not realize the picture was even there. Here is how I see it. First, it was released by a right wing outfit, so we can't let them have another gotcha moment as they did with Franken. Next, before Northam or anyone rushed to judgments or conclusions or calls to resign, everyone should have taken a collective breath and given a chance for this to be investigated. Northam screwed up by taking responsibility for the behavior then taking a closer look and realizing it wasn't him, provided that is true. That indicates at least that it MAY have been him which makes us wonder if he ever did anything like that before in addition to the Michael Jackson thing which may have just been an honest attempt at make-up with a costume and not intended as racist. He also needs to better explain the "Coonman" thing. Still, at the same time, he by all accounts is not a racist now nor has he been for MANY years, has been a good doctor, a good soldier in the army, and decent politician and governor. And if he ever did some stupid race-based stuff all those many years ago he needs to continue to apologize. And I emailed him and urged him to convene a diverse group in a meeting, listen to them, and talk about how he can work to continue to heal.
But he SHOULD NOT RESIGN unless it is proven he has now lied about all this. We must also be the party of forgiveness and redemption. We can't be the party of ultra-purity and crucifying anyone who has ever done something wrong and stupid DECADES ago. MANY people have made innapropriate comments or done some inappropriate things in the past, including along racial and ethnic lines, especially when we were young and living in different times. Do we condemn someone forever? Do we not allow people to evolve and make amends? And we can not have double standards. Just look at Trump, Kavanagh, Steve King, etc. Right there in office. Who is calling for THEM to resign? Look at Marion Berry in D.C. and all the rotten stuff he did. Drugs, lying, jail time, etc. And was put back in office and continued to do all kinds of shady crap including racist comments about Asians, more drug and alcohol abuse, traffic violations, tax violations, etc. etc. and yet was allowed to continue on the D.C. city council for MANY years. And yet we condemn others for things done decades ago. No more!