I feel like a person can change. Its about what a person is doing now, and not always focusing a persons past. We all have a past don't we?
So many of these bad choices from the past are cropping up. I think we'd be more forgiving if people would own up immediately and apologize profusely. I know it's not always that simplistic. I also think there's almost mob mentality in our society right now..on BOTH sides of the political spectrum.
I think he can be a changed person outside of the office of Governor. His claim that he can't even remember which costume he wore is either a bald faced lie, or, he dressed up so often he can't remember the specific occasion. People like that shouldn't be leading a parade of clowns and jugglers, let alone leading a state.
There is nothing criminal or illegal in this poor choice of displays. The voters will decide come the next election. Just as Rep. (as in reprehensible) Steve King should not resign for his opinions, neither should the governor. Make amends in action. Tour schools & explain why this is an unacceptable & not humorous aspect of our history. Show leadership, & turn this fiasco into a teachable moment by modeling how one handles the sins of ones past in a public forum.
I think it is very fortunate that I will never be judged on the stupid things I did as a youngster, but saying that, I would NEVER have done something so overtly racist. He has apologised and he sounded sincere. We all make mistakes. I think he should be encouraged to spend time really understanding how racism affects people.
On a pragmatic level, the Democratic Party cannot let him off. If they do, then their claims against Trump are mute.
In another vein, he has not learned or changed really. His latest resoonse is that he can't remember which one in the photo he was. This suggests that the issue is insignificant enough in his mind as to care whether was in black face or kkk hood. Just because he says he's changed are just words.