February 12, 2019

RESTORING ACCOUNTABILITY:

Neomi Rao writes a flawless apology -- politicians, take note (Tiana Lowe, February 11, 2019, Washington Examiner)

Rao begins by definitively apologizing, not trying to explain away or employ whataboutism to justify her former argument. She instead explains specifically why victim-blaming is always wrong, conceding that her words may not have only hurt the feelings of her classmates, but that they may have "discourage[d] a victim from coming forward or from seeking help." She then goes on to explain that this came from ignorance, not malice, and that if she were to revisit these issues now, she would "have more empathy and perspective."

We cannot expect any politician or judicial nominee to have an unimpeachable past, nor should we. Humans are ignorant by nature, but also worthy of the opportunity to learn, apologize, and earn total forgiveness. While there's certainly a difference between saying awful things and doing violent ones, people who have done the former due to ignorance or even due to hate should be allowed to redeem themselves as long as it comes from the heart.

Rao's apology was about as close to a textbook model for how to exemplify evolution, self-betterment, and grace. She admitted she was wrong, explained why she was wrong, and has spent the subsequent decades of her life doing better.



Posted by at February 12, 2019 12:03 AM

  

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