My general view on early indiscretions is
1) how serious was it and
2) has the person behaved in a way that suggests that they have changed (as opposed to getting more sophisticated about advancing their old perspective)
If someone used black face, and spends their career acting ina way that most blacks see as diminishing their rights, I consider them fundamentally unrepentant.
I don’t think this is the most serious of issues, but I am not at all convinced that her fundamental outlook has changed.
It seems like Kristen Clarke has been working to advance most blacks expressed wishes. Generally speaking I would approve, but with this letter, I have concerns that she is fundamentally unrepentant. This is particularly problematic given the job she is in line for. I think the civil right division would be better served by a different head.
Oh, and the Bell Curve is garbage.