Under the same standard responsible for punishing Paula Deen, if we asked big business owners, politicians and blue-collar workers — Asian, black, white, Latino, Samoan — if they ever used racial slurs and they told the truth, we’d have no one to run the country, no goods or services, no Honey Nut Cheerios, or computers — the highways would be fucked up from disrepair and there would be no elevator inspectors or pilots.
Paula Deen got caught out there, because let me tell you, she ain’t the onliest one. I think what happened is an over reaction and that she’s a scapegoat. When a high-profile white person is branded racist black people think of them as part of the institutions that control our lives negatively. But we shouldn’t let knee-jerk reactions muddy our thinking.
All I read in the New York Times is that she admitted to using the “N” word years ago, but I didn’t read in any reputable journal anything about her saying she wanted black people dressing up as slaves. Maybe I missed something and if she did say this then she can kiss my ass and she should be dropped from the Food Network.
I saw this video and frankly I appreciated her honesty in recounting her experience as a southern white woman, even though she makes a crack about the guy being as black as the board. But how many black people make cracks like that about white people? — stand-up comedians — and that stupid Wayan’s brothers movie, White Girls. What if two white guys made a movie in black face called Black Girls? Huh?
I don’t condone quote unquote racism and don’t want to be called the N word, as I’m sure white people would not like to be called the C word. And we should all play nice blah blah — and try to do better. But we’re human and xenophobic and white xenophobia is kinda scary, no, yes.
As Wendy Williams said (I watch Wendy Williams — what?!), what we do and say with the blinds closed and curtains drawn at the kitchen table is our business, but in public another story. It’s ridiculous to think that we’ll ever stop saying mean things about people. Maybe we’ll get better but I don’t think this behavior will go away completely.
As a public personality, Paula Deen should be held up to a higher standard, especially if she’s getting endorsements from companies supported by the public, but I don’t think that she needs to be lopped off. In the case that she offended someone with a racial slur, her business should be fined and she should be given a warning, I think.