When perpetrators of racist incidents are caught in the act, too often they hide behind ignorance. Otherwise intelligent people suddenly don’t know that what they did was offensive or insensitive.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam used the argument to explain away why, as a young man, he darkened his face with black shoe polish as part of a Michael Jackson costume: "I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an action like that," he said during a press conference. That state’s attorney general,