Saving Paula Deen
I haven’t been following the Paula Deen controversy too closely. I’m not a fan, and I really don’t care if she has a television show or now. From the little I’ve gathered, some years ago she said, “nigger” without rapping.
Now, most of us who are adults know that you can’t use that word. Those of us of a certain age can even remember when Richard Pryor swore off the use of the word. I think we give the word “nigger” too much power in our society, but it doesn’t mean the culture should accept someone calling another person “nigger,” especially in the workplace.
That said, I don’t think this is the end for Paula Deen. I saw this at the Huffington Post:
When Al Sharpton is being sought out for comment, you know that the issue is losing its moral seriousness. It won’t be long before Deen is back on whatever show Oprah is running and selling diabetes drugs baked in a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Before too long, I bet Deen is seen hugging Sharpton or Jesse Jackson.