I remember in high school detesting one of my teachers. I am not sure I fully understood at the time why -- but I certainly know now. He was racist and sexist and displayed it in his words and actions in class.
He called a friend of mine our token negro. He made sexist remarks. I could not hide my detest and disgust for him in class - I did not say anything directly but he had to see my disgust on my face (I am not good at hiding that).
On every test that was subjective I failed - on those that there was a direct right and wrong answer I got As. At that time we did not fight back or complain about teachers.
Obviously he would not get away with his actions now -
Yes things have gotten better and I thinking of this - in a very small way I can understand - it did not hit me as deep but I still remember this and it still bothers me.
Do you think though if these politicians were just being dumb kids and realize how stupid and hurtful they were at that time - it should be forgiven?
I am not directly speaking of these VA ones - but anyone for that matter? It was wrong - I am not saying it was ok - but if they were truly doing this/saying this due to ignorance and have since grown up should they still be held accountable?