It’s the year 2020, and Joe or Jane Gladhand is running for office…say, state representative. Turns out that s/he , as a teenager in the 90s, was a gang member. But s/he got out before s/he was corrupted beyond redemption, found God or was at any rate enlightened, fought hir way through school, ventured into politics, and has now atoned for all hir past sins, and wants to help today’s youth resist crime, drugs and violence. Would this candidate have a chance? (S/he never killed anyone, and is now utterly clean and sober.)
Remember, I’m pulling for you; we’re all in this together.